From left: Alvernia Vice President for Graduate and Adult Education Gaetan Gianini, Ed.D., Berks County Commissioners Lucine E. Sihelnik, Christian Y. Leinbach, Michael S. Rivera and Alvernia President Glynis A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Academic partnership provides educational benefits for nearly 2,000 employees and their families
Alvernia University announces an academic preferred partnership agreement with the County of Berks to provide educational discounts and workforce enhancement opportunities for their nearly 2,000 employees and their families that serve throughout Berks County.
“Alvernia University and the County of Berks have a strong relationship, and this partnership solidifies our commitment to providing lifelong and career-enhancement education to those who serve our county community," said Alvernia University President Glynis A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D. "I applaud the leadership of Commissioners Leinbach, Rivera and Sihelnik for placing an emphasis on education by providing this benefit to the employees of the County.”
Once County of Berks employees and/or their spouses successfully meet all the Alvernia University admissions requirements, Alvernia will award a 20% discount on all eligible graduate and adult undergraduate programs, whether in-classroom, online, or blended (on campus/online). An Alvernia student tuition scholarship of $2,000 per year for a maximum of 4-years will be provided to a COB employee’s children who are newly accepted and enrolled full-time in an Alvernia undergraduate degree program. Alvernia also offers professional, non-credit certificate programs in many areas including leadership development, supply chain management, project management.
“The County of Berks believes in the importance of fostering a well-trained work force that can address the evolving needs of our community,” Chairman of the Berks County Commissioners, Christian Leinbach, said. “Relationships such as this one with Alvernia University offers options to county employees seeking to hone existing skills, develop new ones, and improve their overall value to the workforce. We look at this new agreement with Alvernia University as part of our long-ranging commitment to the employees of Berks County.”
County of Berks employees and their enrolled family members will also have full access to university resources as a student including the library, state-of-the-art computer labs, volunteer opportunities, fitness center, athletic events, lectures, the arts, and more.
Any County of Berks employee interested in starting their educational comeback can visit Alvernia.edu/GradandAdult.