Grantham University’s Jeff Cropsey Named President of Council of College and Military Educators

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Grantham University's Dr. Jeff Cropsey accepts the gavel from Central Texas College's Jim Yeonopolus as new CCME president.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jan. 30, 2015 —  In his State of the Union address this month, President Barack Obama emphasized the importance of higher education and called for American CEO's to hire more veterans. As a leader at Grantham University and now the president of the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), Dr. Jeff Cropsey has been working towards the president's objectives for decades.

Cropsey was named president of CCME in Anaheim, Calif. today during the academic organization's annual symposium. In his new role, he will serve as a national academic spokesperson in this unique position as a leader of this academic organization and vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations at Grantham University, a 100 percent online university with a focus on educational programming for the military.

64 years ago, Grantham University [www.grantham.edu] was founded when World War II veteran Donald Grantham conceived the idea to provide returning servicemen and women a method to better their lives through higher education. That same idea is the cornerstone of CCME's objectives and aligns with the administration's goals of getting returning veterans back to work and promoting higher education.

"It has been an honor to serve on the board of CCME for the past six years, and I'm thrilled to be in the position of president at such a critical time in our history," said Cropsey. "Just as our country closes on its longest war in our history, we have more veterans returning to civilian life than ever before. Through the work of CCME and others, we can help provide the right education and policies to see that these returning service men and women are receiving high quality, relevant, accessible and affordable education. "

CCME's mission is to promote and provide educational programs and services and to facilitate communication between the membership and the Department of Defense, the military and veterans' educational needs. With Cropsey at the helm, this is the first time CCME has been led by a school accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

The professional development theme for this year's symposium is "Innovative Pathways to Military Student Success." Cropsey ceremoniously took over the gavel of presidency of the board of directors today during the annual board meeting. The 26-member board consists of academic leaders from higher education as well as military and DoD positions. The 2016 CCME annual symposium scheduled for February in San Antonio, Texas will be the only national conference next year focusing on higher education and the military. The conference will be a convergence of military and higher education proponents and provide a forum for the exchange of information on topical educational issues.

Cropsey has been the vice president for strategic initiatives with Grantham University since his retirement from the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2010. Prior to his retirement, he had been the director of Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) from 2005 to 2010. Cropsey's career spanned more than 40 years of DoD service including positions in the Army, Air Force, Navy and DANTES. He served three years as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1969-72, leaving with the rank of Captain.

In 2007, he was appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Veterans Advisory Committee on Education, providing advice to the Secretary on educational issues. At the Nashville CCME Symposium in 2010, Dr. Cropsey was recognized with the CCME President's Award for his significant contributions to military education. Cropsey has a bachelor's of arts degree in history from Washington and Lee University, a master's degree in counseling from Ball State University, and a doctorate of education from the University of Southern California.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online certificates, and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Grantham’s programs include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Grantham University has been accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.

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Grantham University Partners with NGAUS to Help Two Pursue Master’s Degrees

The Grantham University NGAUS Scholarship awards a National Guard Association of the United States member and a spouse with online education 

NGAUS president, retired Major General Gus Hargett, and Grantham University's vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations, Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, brought the two groups together to offer the Grantham University NGAUS Scholarships.

Lenexa, Kan. – Jan. 21, 2015 – Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by the year 2020 there will be an increase of around 18.4 percent of jobs requiring a master’s degree, which is the fastest growing educational necessity. This additional educational requirement might seem easy to accomplish on the surface, but how are Guardsmen – who frequently juggle work, military and family duties – supposed to fit pursuing an advanced degree into their already busy schedules? Grantham University, a 100 percent online university, and the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) have a solution. They partnered together to establish the Grantham University NGAUS Scholarship, which will provide the recipients with the opportunity to pursue his or her master’s degree with minimal interruption to daily life thanks to the completely online coursework.

“This new scholarship takes the great relationship NGAUS and our members had with Grantham University to a whole new level,” said retired Major General Gus Hargett, the association president. “For the first time we are not only going to be able to provide a potentially life-altering master’s degree to a deserving NGAUS member, but also one to a deserving member’s spouse.”

One Guardsman who has already seen the life-altering benefits associated with pursuing a master’s degree is Lieutenant Colonel Brett Cooper. Cooper, the defense movement coordinator for the state of Missouri, reflected, “Not pursuing my MBA wasn’t an option. I needed it in order to continue my progression with both the National Guard and my civilian career. I was recently promoted to vice president of my division. I believe that my MBA coursework made a difference as the classes increased my understanding of numbers on which to base business decisions, rather than emotions or assumptions, and that’s a huge part of my new responsibilities.”

There are two Grantham University NGAUS Scholarships available, each valued up to $14,200:

  • One for a NGAUS member (rank O-5 or below)
  • One for NGAUS member’s (rank O-5 or below) spouse

“Spouses are so important to our force and to our association,” Hargett said. “Grantham University is now giving us a chance to show it through these scholarships.”

Both scholarships cover the full cost of tuition, textbooks, software and fees for one of Grantham’s 14 master’s programs ranging from Master of Business Administration to Master of Science in Health Systems Management. Grantham’s coursework is 100 percent online, so the recipients can complete their degree anywhere.

“The job market’s competition is tough, whether in the Guard or as a civilian,” said Dr. Jeff Cropsey, Grantham’s vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations. “A master’s degree used to help strong candidates stand out from the crowd, but as they become more expected, Guardsmen need a program that fits with the lifestyle in order to stay relevant.”

Reflecting on these needs, Cropsey continued, “Working with NGAUS to offer these scholarships, we aim to make the addition of an advanced degree as Guard life-friendly as possible.”

The Grantham University NGAUS Scholarship application process will open in February and will run through the summer. The recipients will be announced in September at the 137th General Conference & Exhibition in Nashville. To be considered for the scholarship, in addition to being a NGAUS member or spouse in good standing, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Stay up-to-date with the latest scholarship developments: http://www.grantham.edu/in-the-news/.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online certificates, and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Grantham’s programs include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Grantham University has been accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.

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Grantham University and Concorde Career Colleges Partner to Benefit Healthcare Students

Partnership leverages Grantham’s track record of mapping education to evolving job market

Lenexa, Kan. – Jan. 20, 2015 – Grantham University’s newest articulation agreement with Concorde Career Colleges is yet another milestone in Grantham’s rich history of simplifying students’ abilities to achieve education and career goals.

In keeping with one of today’s most in-demand job fields – healthcare, the agreement streamlines the process for Concorde graduates to easily transfer associate degree hours into a correlating Grantham online bachelor’s program in multidisciplinary studies, nursing or health systems management.

The partnership is a product of Grantham’s innovative culture and keen focus on understanding students’ needs. Dr. Jennifer Mathes, Concorde’s vice president of academic affairs, views the agreement between the two schools as an opportunity to continue serving graduates after they’ve completed their associate degree. “Our goal is to always do what is best for Concorde’s students, and by partnering with Grantham we are doing just that. The flexibility provided by Grantham’s online courses allows our students to establish their careers while continuing their education in their free-time.”

Through the new articulation agreement, Concorde graduates who have earned any associate degree while maintaining a 2.0 GPA will have the opportunity to transfer into Grantham’s Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies. This unique degree program provides students with the opportunity to tailor their education to match their personal interests and career ambitions.

Other degree program graduates that qualify for 2+2 bachelor’s degree completion include:

  • Associate of Applied Sciences in Health Information Management toward Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, with an RN license and a minimum 2.5 GPA or permission from the Dean of Nursing, toward Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

“By creating this relationship with Concorde, we look forward to helping students make their mark in the competitive healthcare field. Grantham’s School of Nursing and Allied Health continually keeps up with the latest developments and will be an excellent way for these students continue on to a meaningful career with minimal interference in their daily lives,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham University’s vice president for university partnerships.

Enrollment is now open to qualified Concorde students or graduates. To learn more about Grantham’s 100 percent online degree and certificate programs, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/.

About Concorde Career Colleges:
Concorde Career Colleges, Inc. owns and operates proprietary, postsecondary institutions that offer vocational career training for careers in the growing field of healthcare.  Concorde serves the segment of the population seeking a career-focused education.  We currently operate 16 campuses in 8 states.  Concorde was formed in 1988 as a Delaware corporation, but many of the colleges have been training healthcare workers for nearly 50 years.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online certificates, and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Grantham’s programs include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Grantham University has been accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.

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New Grantham Online Certificate Programs Map to Emerging Opportunities, Enhanced Careers

Student input and job forecasting are catalysts for robust certificate offerings.

Lenexa, Kan. — Jan. 6, 2015 — Keeping pace with today’s evolving job market and students’ expressed career interests, today Grantham University is introducing six new graduate and undergraduate certificate programs. The new graduate and undergraduate certificate programs cover a range of specializations, from cybersecurity, project management and entrepreneurship, to human resources, paraprofessional educator and medical administrative assistant expertise. The University now boasts a total of 11 certificates and 38 online degree programs.

Grantham’s rich, 64-year history has centered on the progression of its educational programs in tandem with students’ needs for current, relevant higher education. Designed to build high-demand skills and subject matter expertise, the new certificates align with Grantham’s student-centric philosophy. Each certificate can be earned within six months to a year entirely online.

“Education equates to growth – for Grantham and our students – and we’re constantly looking for evidence-based opportunities to help our students move forward in the areas of most benefit and interest to them,” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, Grantham’s chief academic officer and provost. “Being able to anticipate and embrace market changes, and subsequently grow our educational programs and tools in response is indeed rewarding.”

To achieve this high level of responsiveness, Hayek elaborated, “We continually research and monitor workforce trends, and work hard to match our educational offerings with those findings. Additionally, student surveys and direct feedback have indicated a craving for programs to help them gain an edge in top career fields. The expansion of our certificate offerings answers that call.”

With cybersecurity a major push across government agencies and corporations alike (37% growth expected by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), Hayek emphasized the importance of enhancing Grantham’s certificate offerings in that area, as well as other high-growth fields, like healthcare, human resources and project management. She also underscores the value of an online certificate for military spouses and others, who relocate frequently and are interested in fields like education, where entry-level positions, such as a teacher’s assistant, can be found across the country.     

“Earning a certificate is a great way to supplement your existing education and raise credibility in a specific area – or even get a taste of a new field that piques your interest, before moving on to earn that next undergrad or graduate degree,” said Hayek. “A certificate is another feather in a job seeker’s cap, helping them stand out from other candidates. It demonstrates a person’s drive, motivation to continuously improve, and advanced knowledge – all valuable attributes in the eyes of a potential employer.”

To learn more about Grantham’s array of undergraduate and graduate-level online certificates, visit: grantham.edu/degree-type/certificate/.

About Grantham University
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online certificates, and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Grantham’s programs include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Grantham University has been accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.

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Grantham University Celebrates 64 Years Educating Students

For more than 64 years, Grantham University has been changing lives through its innovative education: first as a correspondence college - now as a top-rated 100-percent online university  

LENEXA, Kan. — Jan. 2, 2015 — For 64 years, Grantham University [www.grantham.edu] has helped students get one step closer to their dreams by offering a premiere education to working adult students around the world. Today, Grantham celebrates its 64th birthday and recognizes the value of providing accessible, affordable education taught by professional, knowledgeable faculty to adult learners.

“Working at Grantham, you can see the difference you make in our students’ lives daily. I constantly receive emails from students who express gratitude for not only helping them in the classroom, but also for caring about them as a person,” said Chi Lo, Grantham’s chair of foundations faculty.

Now a nationally recognized leader in online and military education serving a global student population, the University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a World War II veteran, who understood the importance of the GI Bill of Rights and its educational benefits. His goal was to help these veterans build a better future upon returning to civilian life. Throughout the years, Grantham has undergone major transformations to stay in line with today's changing technologies.

“We begin this new year and our 64th year serving students, dedicated to our mission of creating a level playing field in education for adult learners,” said Steve Waldron, chief operating officer at Grantham University.

“That's a promise and commitment that all Life Changers, our administration, faculty and staff, have made to each student. Grantham’s students are the reason we constantly strive to go above and beyond in all that we do,” Waldron said, “whether that’s providing cutting-edge degree and certificate programs, or helping a parent successfully balance work, family and education simultaneously. We’re happy to give them that chance to pursue their goals that others might have deemed impossible.”

In its continued dedication to students, Grantham experienced a number of changes in its 63rd year including:

  • Moving its headquarters from Kansas City, Missouri, to a larger campus in Lenexa, Kansas, in early 2014 in preparation for future growth and expanded offerings.
  • Finessing the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) and Career Services. Both programs are available to all Grantham students.

o   TLC provides online study resources, including learning modules for math and writing, tutorial videos and student success strategies. TLC also has one-on-one tutoring, and writing and math labs, in which students can receive feedback on assignments before they are submitted for grading.

o   Career Services provides professional development tools and one-on-one career search assistance to help students and graduates secure employment after graduation. Services include targeted employment research; assistance with professional branding; help with creating custom resumes, cover letters and portfolios; interview preparation; and access to a virtual job portal.

With its 64th year now underway, Grantham looks forward to even more exciting changes for the benefit of its students to come. To stay up-to-date with the latest developments, visit Grantham’s newsroom.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs and certificates. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.

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Westminster College and Grantham University Agree to Articulation

Unique transfer credit arrangement embodies Grantham’s focus on delivering an exceptional student experience

Lenexa, Kan. — December 31, 2014 — With the signing of its tenth articulation agreement this year, Grantham University recently formed an alliance with Westminster College of Fulton, Mo., giving rise to a much simpler credit transfer process from one school to the other, and the ability to blend online and brick-and-mortar education.

Offering more than 40 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certificates, Grantham is known for catering to busy working adults. The University has embraced articulations with partnering colleges as part of its overall mission to make higher education more obtainable and convenient for students with hectic schedules outside of class.

Through this most recent agreement, 24 undergraduate Westminster courses have been pre-matched with the equivalent Grantham courses, thereby enabling a more streamlined process for transferring credit between the two schools. For students already juggling multiple priorities, it eliminates the need for a lengthy evaluation process – assuring them of their transfer credit status up front and allowing them to proactively plan their chosen degree path.

“Forming partnerships with institutions of similar values as Grantham helps strengthen our ability to serve students in new, innovative ways. Our agreement with Westminster College blends both online and traditional learning, with a keen focus on simplifying the entire transfer credit process,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham’s vice president for university partnerships. “We have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Westminster since 2006, and it is a joy to move forward toward a common goal. We also look forward to leveraging our deeply rooted experience with the military to help Westminster strengthen its efforts in that arena.”

“We are appreciative that Westminster College can continue its relationship with Grantham University,” says Dr. David Jones, Westminster’s associate dean of faculty. “This updated agreement provides additional course transfer opportunities for students at both of our schools.”

Serving more than 17,000 online students, the Grantham continually evaluates opportunities to improve upon an already exceptional learning experience. The University’s philosophy centers on enveloping each student with personalized support, a flexible online learning environment, financial assistance opportunities, and a special breed of instructors with practical, relevant work experience.

“It has been an exciting year for Grantham with the creation and signing of many new articulation agreements,” said Dr. Bartels. “The future holds great promise as we continue to move forward with making the right, most beneficial decisions for the University and for our students.”

About Westminster College:
Westminster College is a college all about change. Students come to Westminster from every corner of the world to be transformed. They leave ready to change the world. Founded in 1851, Westminster College is a private, selective, coeducational, residential, undergraduate college.  Our curriculum focuses on preparing students to succeed within their chosen careers and the diverse, global community we live in. Students are challenged and guided by expert faculty to evolve into the capable leaders and confident difference-makers they are meant to be. The student enrollment is approximately 950 with a student/faculty ratio of 14:1.  In the academic year 2014-15, students represent 28 states and 76 countries, making Westminster one of the most diverse small liberal arts colleges in the nation. Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech on campus in 1946, and in recent years George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, and Lech Walesa have participated in the College's international lecture series. Prominent on campus are National Churchill Museum and the monumental sculpture "Breakthrough," created from sections of the Berlin Wall. The College is located in Fulton, Missouri, a community of 13,000 residents that is approximately 25 miles from both Columbia and Jefferson City.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.

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Kendall College and Grantham University Sign Articulation

The two schools will work together as educational partners in international business program

Lenexa, Kan. — Dec. 22, 2014 — Tony D’Angelo, founder of Collegiate Empowerment, said, “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Two schools passionate about learning and growing, Grantham University and Kendall College, recently signed an articulation agreement intended to help students realize their own dreams for educational advancement. 

 “We are always thrilled when we have the opportunity to work cooperatively with other schools that share the same values and dedication to students as Grantham. By partnering with Kendall College, both schools will be able to continue providing the highest level of service possible to our students by streamlining the credit transfer process in the international business program,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham University’s vice president for university partnerships. 

Kendall College has been cultivating students’ passions into careers for 80 years through degrees in culinary arts, baking and pastry, hospitality management, business and education. Kendall offers an experiential learning environment that helps prepare students to become employment-ready graduates following degree completion.

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham University offers certificate programs, associate and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, engineering technology and computer science, business, nursing and allied health, and general and multidisciplinary studies.. Grantham’s programs are flexible, allowing students to complete their coursework at times and places that fit their busy schedules. To learn more about the degree opportunities available at Grantham University, please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/

About Kendall College:
For 80 years, Kendall College has been offering engaging, specialized fields of study with a strong emphasis on immersive learning geared toward academic, personal and professional success. Kendall is part of Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 75 institutions in 29 countries. Students from more than 80 countries have enrolled at Kendall and more than 1,200 students participate in Kendall Culinary Certificate programs at 19 affiliate campuses throughout the world. Kendall College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs and certificates. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.

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New Mexico Junior College and Grantham University Agree to Articulation

This agreement streamlines students’ progress toward educational and career goals through transfer credit process

Lenexa, Kan. — Dec. 22, 2014 — Grantham University’s commitment to making education accessible for busy adult learners was exemplified recently by the University’s signing of an articulation agreement with New Mexico Junior College (NMJC). The new relationship enables eligible NMJC students to apply their earned associate degree credit hours toward a Grantham online bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies or criminal justice. 

“This agreement gives our students the chance to have a smooth transition to a four-year university without the worry of some classes not being accepted,” said Jeff McCool, NMJC dean of training and outreach. “Grantham University is a highly regarded, accredited, online university, so students can remain in Lea County, or wherever a job may take them, and continue their education toward their bachelor’s degree.”

“There are many opportunities for us to work together, especially in criminal justice and energy resources, helping students make their own choices about furthering their education to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The mission of our two schools is all about helping students become what they want to be, secure the jobs they want and redefine the ‘American Dream’ on their terms,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham University’s vice president for university partnerships. 

This articulation agreement is a 2+2 bachelor’s degree completion program. NMJC students who have completed any associate degree with at least a 2.0 GPA can transfer into Grantham’s Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies program. Additionally, students who have earned their Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Criminal Justice can transfer to Grantham’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.

Eligible members of NMJC faculty and staff have the opportunity to continue their education through Grantham at a reduced tuition rate for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. In addition to multidisciplinary studies and criminal justice, the University’s 40+ degree and certificate programs include business, engineering and computer science, nursing and allied health, and general studies. Grantham’s degree programs are flexible, allowing students to complete their coursework at times and places that fit their busy schedules. To learn more about the degree opportunities available at Grantham University, please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/ 

About New Mexico Junior College:
New Mexico Junior College was founded as the first junior college in the State of New Mexico on July 1, 1965. NMJC, or “The JC” as it is known unofficially throughout the state, receives tax-based financial support from the college district including the Eunice, Hobbs, Jal, Lovington and Tatum school districts. In addition, the college is a public institution of higher education receiving State of New Mexico funding support from the Higher Education Department as authorized by the State of New Mexico Legislature. New Mexico Junior College promotes success through learning by building a culture that values and promotes excellence, effectiveness, responsiveness, access and community involvement.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.

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Manhattan Area Technical College and Grantham University Sign Articulation

This agreement streamlines students’ ability to transfer associate degree credit hours to a bachelor’s degree.

Lenexa, Kan. — Dec. 22, 2014 — For nearly 50 years, Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC) has been serving students throughout Kansas who wish to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree or technical certificates. Thanks to a new articulation agreement with Grantham University (a 100% online university soon to celebrate its 64th birthday), MATC students will have more opportunities to further their college education after completing their associate degrees.

“Manhattan Area Technical College’s mission is to provide a quality education for our students, while preparing them to pursue technologically advanced careers,” said Marilyn Mahan, MATC’s vice president of instructional affairs. “By articulating with Grantham, we are helping our graduates become even more competitive in the job market by taking their education to the next level.” 

“We are grateful to have found a school as passionate about their student population as we are. Manhattan Area Technical College’s mission and values line up well with Grantham’s, so students who have graduated from MATC and choose to pursue their bachelor’s degree with us will experience the same level of support that they came to know and love during their associate degree,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham’s vice president of university partnerships.

This articulation agreement is a 2+2 bachelor’s degree completion program. MATC students who have completed any associate degree, with the exception of nursing students, with at least a 2.0 GPA can transfer into Grantham’s Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies program. Additionally, students who have earned their degrees in the following areas can transfer into a corresponding bachelor’s degree at Grantham:

Manhattan Area Technical College Associate Degree Program

To

Grantham University Bachelor Degree Program

 

Accounting Associate of Applied Science

 

Accounting, Bachelor of Science

 

Business Administration Technology Associate of Applied Science

 

 

 

Business Administration, Bachelor of Science

 

Business Management, Bachelor of Science

 

 

 

Information and Network Technology Associate of Applied Science

 

Information Systems, Bachelor of Science

Or

Information Systems Security, Bachelor of Science

Eligible members of MATC faculty and staff have the opportunity to continue their education through Grantham at a reduced tuition rate for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Since 1965, MATC has served Manhattan and its surrounding counties by providing advanced education and technical preparation to students in fields such as business administration, information and network technology, nursing and dental hygiene.

Grantham University, a 100% online university, has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. In addition to business and information systems programs, Grantham also offers degree programs in criminal justice, nursing, human resources, engineering, and general and multidisciplinary studies. Grantham’s degree programs are flexible and affordable with frequent start dates, allowing students to complete their coursework at times and places that fit their busy schedules. To learn more about the degree opportunities available at Grantham University, please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/

About Manhattan Area Technical College:
Since 1965, Manhattan Area Technical College has been providing quality technical and general education to prepare individuals to pursue technologically advanced careers and lead productive lives. MATC is a public technical college that meets the standards prescribed by and is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Since its establishment, MATC has served an area of Kansas that includes citizens and communities in 10 counties. While the college’s primary responsibility is to the citizens of Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Marshall, Riley and Pottawatomie counties, MATC has provided and continues to provide advanced education and technical preparation to individuals who hail from communities all over Kansas, other states and other countries.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs and certificates. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute. 

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Grantham University Celebrates the Gift of Giving this Holiday Season

Local groups including Della Lamb, Operation Stand Down and Toys for Tots were supported through Grantham Gives Back’s philanthropic mission

Lenexa, Kan. — Dec. 18, 2014 — In the spirit of the holiday season, the Grantham University family chose to celebrate all the support they received from the community throughout 2014 by reciprocating through the gift of giving. Grantham Gives Back, the University’s philanthropic mission, selected a variety of charities in the Greater Kansas City area to support via food and clothing drives, fundraising, manpower and a little friendly competition.

Grantham hit the ground running in November by collecting non-perishable food for Della Lamb’s Operation Thanksgiving for the eighth year. In keeping with the theme of Thanksgiving, food donations, the University also volunteered at Harvesters Food Bank, sorting and repackaging food. Additionally, Grantham continued its support of the Heart of America Stand Down when a large number of University “Life Changers” helped set up and operate the biannual event at Memorial Hall. 

“I’d never been to a Stand Down before,” said Grantham’s Charles Stiles. “It was an eye-opening, and basically heart-breaking, experience. So many of our nation’s warriors living on the street for one reason or another. I’m glad there are opportunities like Stand Down to provide help and service.”

Multiple departments within the University also chose to take on “pet projects” during this time. The marketing department sponsored the Turkey Trot 5K at Fort Leavenworth and helped host a Thanksgiving dinner at Fort Riley, while the Registrar’s Office collected pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

As the season shifted from fall to winter, so did Grantham’s focus. To ensure that no child goes without a Christmas present this year, the University held a Toys for Tots drive. Thanks to an interdepartmental competition, Grantham collected more than 300 toys and raised an additional $1,618.51 for Toys for Tots. The University Council presented Maj. Ronald Svec with the check and toys during a University-wide meeting, in which the “Life Changer” population was able to thank Maj. Svec for his service with the Marine Corps and Toys for Tots.

The giving spirit carried on in the Academics department. Not only did they contribute to the toy collection, but they also hosted two separate events: sponsoring three families through the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family, and holding a clothing drive for Connections to Success.

“It has been nine years since Kansas City embraced our University and staff following Hurricane Katrina. We realize and appreciate how much the community has done for us, so we constantly strive to go above and beyond when giving back to the city,” said Steve Waldron, Grantham’s chief operating officer.

With all the successful philanthropic endeavors the University has tackled this year, Grantham looks forward to making Grantham Gives Back even better in 2015. To learn more about Grantham and its mission, values and vision, including serving those who serve, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/about-grantham/mission/.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.  

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Grantham University Named Top School by Military Advanced Education (MAE)

2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities measures military culture, financial aid, flexibility and online support services

LENEXA, Kan.—For the eighth consecutive year, Grantham University was awarded the designation of a Top School by Military Advanced Education (MAE) in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities. The guide, which measures best practices in military and veteran education, is in the December issue of MAE, to be delivered mid-month and also available online at www.mae-kmi.com

The MAE Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies in place at more than 600 institutions of all categories, including community colleges, state universities, online universities and nationally known centers for higher education. It provides students with information about institutions that “go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE editor.

MAE was the first publication to launch a reference tool for military veterans. Now in its eighth year, the program evaluates higher education institutions based on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating for each category is represented in a summary dashboard. The information enables prospective students to target schools that follow best practices in military education, Fodel said.

“For Grantham to again receive this honor in acknowledgement of our ongoing work with military students and veterans is a tribute to our commitment to make education accessible to all, particularly those who have served our country,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations at Grantham University. “Grantham was founded more than 60 years ago by a veteran, and today is fortunate to have many military veterans on our staff and faculty. Suffice it to say that we thoroughly understand the needs of veterans.” 

Grantham has a dedicated Veteran Services Department focused on helping students with education benefits, Cropsey said. In addition to guiding students through the process of applying for veterans’ education benefits, Grantham also offers numerous military scholarship opportunities and is Yellow Ribbon Program approved. With flexible online degree and certificate programs and college credit for military training, Grantham makes it easier for military service members to fit education into their rigorous military schedule.

The MAE Guide serves as a tool for students and their advisors. “We want to help the military student make informed choices, so we are giving them access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information," Fodel said.

Learn more about Grantham's programs aimed at educating active duty military and reserve military, spouses and veterans by visiting our website.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The University has also been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider (REP) of the Project Management Institute.

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Lone Star College and Grantham University Agree to Articulation

This agreement allows students who have completed an associate degree to transfer to a bachelor degree.

Lenexa, Kan. — December 11, 2014 — The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas. With almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College, certainly helps make that saying true.

Thanks to a new articulation agreement with Grantham University, Lone Star College students will have even more opportunities to further their college education once they have completed their associate degrees.

“Lone Star College is dedicated to helping our students succeed,” said Dr. Lynette O'Keefe, Lone Star College Executive Director forEducational Partnerships. “This agreement provides another pathway to a higher education for our students and we are delighted to be a part of it.”

“Getting, saving, and keeping jobs is a paramount concern; so too is tuition, transportation, and living expenses. At Grantham University, our 100% online learning platform gives busy adult students the flexibility to enjoy life, work full-time and still pursue an advanced degree. It’s our shared commitment, flexibility and record of success that has Grantham University willing and eager to explore partnership opportunities with Lone Star College though an articulation agreement,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham University’s Provost.

This articulation agreement is a 2+2 bachelor’s degree completion program. Lone Star College students who have completed any associate degree with at least a 2.0 GPA can transfer into Grantham’s Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies program. Additionally, students who have earned their degrees in the following areas can transfer into a corresponding bachelor’s degree at Grantham:

Lone Star College Associate Degree Program

To

Grantham University Bachelor Degree Program

 

Business,

 Associate of Arts

 

Business Administration

Bachelor of Science

 

Business Management

Bachelor of Science

 

Criminal Justice,

Associate of Arts

 

 

 

Criminal Justice,

Bachelor of Arts

 

 

 

Mechanical Engineering,

Associate of Science

 

Computer Engineering Technology,

Bachelor of Science

 

Electronics Engineering Technology,

Bachelor of Science

 

Engineering Management Technology,

Bachelor of Science

 

Computer Science,

Associate of Arts

 

 

 

Computer Science,

Bachelor of Science

 

 

 

 

Any Conferred Associate Degree

 

 

BS Multidisciplinary Studies, with the option of Concentrations:

     Accounting,

     Business Administration,

     Business Management,

     Computer Science,

     Criminal Justice,

     Health Systems Management,

     Human Resource Management

 

Eligible members of Lone Star College faculty, staff and current graduates have the opportunity to continue their education through Grantham at a reduced tuition rate for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham University offers certificate programs, associate and bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Engineering and Computer Science, Business Administration, Nursing and Allied Health, General and Multidisciplinary Studies, and other technology related degrees. Grantham’s degree programs are flexible and self-paced, allowing students to complete their course work at times and places that fit their busy schedules. To learn more about the degree opportunities available at Grantham University, please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/

About Lone Star College:

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visitLoneStar.edu.

 

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham University Awards Scholarship in Conjunction with Society of Human Resource Management

LENEXA, Kan.—Grantham University in conjunction with the Society for Human Resource Management – Kansas City, (SHRM) has named Suzanne Johnson of Kansas City, Mo., the recipient of a $14,200 scholarship to pursue her Master of Business Administration at Grantham.

Johnson is employed at KCI, Inc., an industrial manufacturing company in Kansas City, Mo. She has been a member of SHRM since 1998, serving on the board of directors from 2002 to 2007 and as president of the local chapter in 2006. As representative of the small employer HR professional, Johnson said, “During my time on the SHRM-KC board, we focused on advancing the profession and serving the professional. Often smaller company HR managers have a very small or non-existent support staff. We tend to be well versed in all areas of HR because we were the only ones doing it. My goal is to always be a strategic partner to my company and the wisdom gained along the way has definitely helped me.”

Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in marketing with an emphasis in management from Southwest Missouri State University. She previously was HR director for the Owner Operator Independent Driver Association and did contract HR work for John Knox Village and served as HR director/vice president for U.S. Toy Company. 

Johnson said she had always wanted to go back to school to earn her MBA, but the economic downturn of the past few years did not give her the financial means to pursue an advanced degree.

“I want to teach at the college/university level and help to grow the HR profession by doing so. I have fervently remained in the human resources field the last 20 years.”

The SHRM-KC scholarship is awarded to a current association member who must remain in good standing for the duration of the scholarship period. The selection criteria includes work experience and progression in the HR field, volunteer activity in the association or the community and financial need. Johnson was selected for the award by a five-member volunteer panel composed of SHRM-KC board members.

“We are pleased to award this scholarship to Suzanne Johnson to pursue her MBA studies at Grantham,” said Michael Hooker, senior manager of organizational partnerships at Grantham. “Her past experience and recommendations from professional associates point to her thorough knowledge of the HR profession and to her dedicated work to mentor, develop and inspire her peers and colleagues to achieve their own highest levels of performance.”

Grantham University offers a variety of scholarships to deserving students, along with various financial assistance programs. For all other scholarship information and updates please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/scholarships

 

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelors and masters degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and

accredited distance-learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

 

 

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Grantham University Named a Best For Vets College for 2015

LENEXA, Kan.—Grantham University, an online university founded in 1961, was named a Best for Vets College for 2015 by Military Times EDGE publication.

The national ranking, now in its fifth year, factors in the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates. Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.

Several hundred schools participated in this year’s survey, compiling a detailed questionnaire with more than 100 questions that delved into the issues most crucial to student military veterans. To determine which schools made the list, the ranking program compared schools’ survey responses as well as data collected by the U.S. Department of Education, including academic success measures.

“We are honored to be recognized for our ongoing work with veterans,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations at Grantham University. “A part of Grantham’s mission is to make education accessible to all, but particularly to those who have served our nation, and their families. It’s important for military veterans who are choosing a university to focus on the overall support the college offers to military veterans and to select the right university and right degree program.”

The independent Best for Vets College for 2015 survey requires schools to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students and to describe many aspects of support to veterans.

“By recognizing only the schools who do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran student services," said Amanda Miller, editor of Best of Vets.

The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times the week of Nov. 10; in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine; and on the publications’ websites. For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings, go to: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2015.

Grantham is a leader in Online Military Education. "Online Military Education." grantham.edu/military-colleges

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelors and masters degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). To learn more visit: http://www.grantham.edu/military-colleges/

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Grantham University Awards Scholarship in Conjunction with American Federation of Government Employees

LENEXA, Kan.—Grantham University in conjunction with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has named Angela Jackson of Beacon, N.Y., as recipient of a $36,000 scholarship. Jackson is working toward a master's degree in business administration at Grantham University with expected completion in 2016.
 

Jackson, 43, is a native of Detroit, Mich., and began her government administrative career as a member of a Teamsters Union with Detroit newspapers spanning 12 years and several promotions. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and a master's degree in public administration from Texas Southern University. She is employed as a medical support assistant in the scheduling call center for Veterans Affairs at the Castle Point campus in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
 

The scholarship award will help Jackson strengthen her ability “to move through the ranks of government leadership, while supporting the very organizations that have made it possible for both women and minorities to be successful in America. As a mature student, I intend to not only put forth my best effort, but also continue to serve the veterans of our country with the highest quality of service I can provide, and follow both the mission of the Veterans Affairs and the American Federation of Government Employees.”
 

Jackson is a survivor of breast cancer and leukemia and credits strong networks, often through unions, with aiding her to find a bone marrow donor to help her achieve remission from cancer. Jackson said she plans to pursue additional education with the same strength of determination that she used to fight cancer, “so that I, too, may be a force to reckon with in a powerful unionized organization.”
 

Jackson’s family includes three generations of United Auto Workers’ members during a time when the labor movement was strong in Detroit.
 

“Watching this union activity taught me the power and strength in numbers, and what a unified organization can do to create real change. More than just in the workplace, union power makes this nation a better place through the brother- and sisterhood it affords each of its members,” she said.
 

The scholarship is awarded to a student who is an AFGE member and on the basis of a 500-word essay, “What my union means to me,” said Michael Hooker, senior manager, Organizational Partnerships at Grantham.
 

Grantham University, a leader in online military education, offers a variety of scholarships to deserving students, along with various financial assistance programs. To learn more visit http://www.grantham.edu.

 

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelors and masters degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance-learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). 

 

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Grantham University Awards Scholarship in Conjunction with Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States

LENEXA, Kan.—Grantham University, a leader in online military education, in conjunction with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) has awarded a $36,000 scholarship to Damon Nakatani of Waianae, Hawaii. He will pursue a bachelor's of science in information systems.

Nakatani is employed as website administrator for his church, the Ark of Safety Christian Fellowship in Waianae. In updating the calendar of events for the site, Nakatani discovered a way to redesign the site that saved the church significant funds each year.

“Since then, I have been trying to take courses that would help me to enhance the website,” Nakatani said. He added that the scholarship funds will help Nakatani to serve his church, his community, his family and the Air National Guard, where he serves as a master sergeant.

Nakatani and his wife, Paris, have six children at home ranging from age 6 to 15, including a son who was born with spina bifida. “I look forward to aiming high in pursuit of this bachelor's degree program and working with the Grantham University team and EANGUS,” Nakatani said.

The scholarship recipient must be an EANGUS member or immediate family member and must submit an essay with personal facts about the student’s desire to continue their education and why financial assistance is necessary, said Michael Hooker, senior manager, Organizational Partnerships at Grantham.

The EANGUS Scholarship was announced the week of August 10-13 during the 43rd annual EANGUS Conference. Grantham University offers a variety of scholarships to deserving students, along with various financial assistance programs.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelors and masters degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).  To learn more visit: http://www.grantham.edu

 

 

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Coffeyville Community College and Grantham University Agree to Articulation

The agreement, signed on September 30, allows students who have completed an associate’s degree to transfer to corresponding bachelor’s degrees

Lenexa, Kan. — October 8, 2014 —Students are faced with countless options when it comes to choosing the right school in which to pursue their college education. Recently, Coffeyville Community College, located in

Coffeyville, Kansas, signed an articulation agreement with Grantham University. This articulation agreement will give even more opportunities to students to further their college education once they have completed their associate degree, easing the transfer process between schools.   

The articulation agreement is a 2+2 bachelor’s degree completion program. Coffeyville Community College students who have completed an associate degree with at least a 2.0 GPA can transfer into Grantham’s Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies program. Additionally, students who have earned their degrees in the following areas can transfer into a corresponding bachelor’s degree at Grantham:

  • Associate of Arts Business Administration to Bachelor of Science Business Administration or Bachelor of Science Business Management
  • Associates of Arts Computer Systems Technology to Bachelor of Science Computer Science or Bachelor of Science Information Systems Security or Bachelor of Science Information Systems
  • Associate of Science Pre-Engineering to Bachelor of Science Electronics Engineering Technology or Bachelor of Science Engineering Management Technology or Bachelor of Science Computer Engineering Technology
  • Associate Degree Nursing to Bachelor of Science Nursing*

Eligible members of Coffeyville Community College faculty, staff and previous graduates have the opportunity to continue their education through Grantham at a reduced tuition rate for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

This is a great opportunity for the students of Coffeyville Community College,” said Alysia Johnston, Vice President for Academic Services.  “This agreement with Grantham University will provide our students with additional opportunities to continue their education.” 

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham University offers certificate programs, associate and bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Engineering and Computer Science, Business Administration, Nursing and Allied Health, General and Multidisciplinary Studies, and other technology related degrees. Grantham’s degree programs are flexible and self-paced, allowing students to complete their course work at times and places that fit their busy schedules. To learn more about the degree opportunities available at Grantham University, please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/

About Coffeyville Community College:

Coffeyville Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of post-secondary learning. The College offers 24 academic programs, 15 technical programs and 14 certificate programs. Students can graduate from the College with one of four Associate Degree options. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.  The College has been accredited since 1972. State approval and oversight is provided by the Kansas Board of Regents. To learn more visit:http://www.coffeyville.edu/ 

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

*Students must have their RN license first. Nursing students must have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale or permission from the Dean of Nursing.

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Grantham University Named a 2015 Military Friendly® School

This is the sixth year the school has been added to GI Jobs and Victory Media’s annual list


Lenexa, Kan. — Sep. 23, 2014 —
In 2008, Victory Media and GI Jobs started compiling a list featuring the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that embrace and support our nation’s military students while working to ensure their success both in the classroom and following graduation. For the sixth time since that list originated, Grantham University has been named one of the top Military Friendly® schools.  

 To determine this year’s list of Military Friendly® schools, Victory Media sent out a survey that captured more than 50 leading practices in supporting military students. The survey was available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in previous years, the 2015 Military Friendly® Schools results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input from its independent Academic Advisory Board.

 “For over 63 years now, serving our nation’s military members and veterans as they change their lives through the power of education has been Grantham’s ultimate goal,” said Dr. Jeff Cropsey, Grantham University’s vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations. “We are thrilled that Victory Media has continued to recognize us as an industry leader for these efforts.”

 Grantham University has been helping military, veterans, first responders, military spouses and working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Each year, Grantham offers a number of scholarships to these student populations. To learn more about these opportunities, visit: www.grantham.edu/scholarships/.

 About Military Friendly® Schools: 

The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country, and are independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website, http://www.militaryfriendly.com, and a complete list of schools can be found through our Schools Matchmaker tool on http://www.gijobs.com.

About Victory Media:
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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State Fair Community College and Grantham University Sign Articulation

The new agreement allows students who have completed an associate degree to transfer to corresponding bachelor’s degrees

Lenexa, Kan. — Sep. 15, 2014 — Since 1901, Sedalia, Mo., has been the home of the Missouri State Fair. In 1968, the town’s appropriately named State Fair Community College (SFCC) opened its doors to meet the post-secondary educational needs of 14 counties in the western central Missouri area. Recently, SFCC signed an articulation agreement with Grantham University in which its associate degree graduates can take their education even further by transferring to the 100 percent online university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

The articulation agreement is a 2+2 bachelor’s degree completion program. SFCC students who have completed any associate degree with at least a 2.0 GPA can transfer into Grantham’s Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies program. Additionally, SFCC students who have earned their degrees in the following areas can transfer into a corresponding bachelor’s degree at Grantham: 

  • Accounting Associate of Arts to Bachelor of Science Accounting
  • Business Associate of Arts to Bachelor of Science Business Management or Bachelor of Science Business Administration or Bachelor of Business Administration Human Resources
  • Computer Science Associate of Arts to Bachelor of Science Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice Associate of Arts to Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice
  • Engineering Associate of Science to Bachelor of Science Electronics Engineering Technology or Bachelor of Science Engineering Management Technology or Bachelor of Science Computer Engineering Technology
  • SFCC’s graduates of the Nursing Associate of Applied Science who have at least a 2.5 GPA and their RN license have the opportunity to transfer to Grantham’s Bachelor of Science Nursing program.

In addition to SFCC’s students and graduates, eligible members of the faculty and staff have the opportunity to continue their education through Grantham’s online courses at a reduced tuition rate for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

“State Fair Community College and Grantham see eye to eye on many educational practices, including small classes, superb educators, and providing courses in ways that fit into our students’ lives with minimal interruption. Due to these similarities, it was only logical to come together through this articulation agreement to continue providing a quality education for both schools’ students and alumni,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham’s provost.

“Expanding university partnerships is a priority for SFCC as we strive to help students complete their educational goals,” said Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president. “The articulation agreements signed with Grantham University will give students clear pathways for completing a bachelor’s degree online in several majors. We appreciate the interest Grantham University has shown in our students and employees, and look forward to growing this new partnership.”

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham’s original school, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, offers certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields ranging from computer science to engineering management technology to information systems security. To learn more about Grantham’s engineering and computer science degrees, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/engineering-and-computer-science/.

About State Fair Community College:

SFCC is a public, nonprofit college with an annual enrollment of more than 5,000 students. The college is accredited through the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission and has maintained full accreditation since 1976. SFCC serves a 14-county area in west central Missouri, including Benton, Camden Carroll, Cooper, Cole, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis, Saline, and St. Clair counties and the city of Otterville. Classes are offered in Boonville, Clinton, Eldon, Lake of the Ozarks, Sedalia, Versailles, Warsaw, at Whiteman Air Force Base, and online.

SFCC offers short-term Skills and Professional Certificates and Associate of Applied Science degrees in more than 30 career and technical areas, Associate of Science degrees in Chemistry and Engineering, an Associate of Arts degree for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree.

SFCC offers more than 260 online classes. It also offers two complete degree programs online—an Associate of Arts degree and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

 

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James Hatfield, Topeka, Kan., Receives Grantham’s Eugene “Gene” Jewett Memorial Scholarship

Currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through the Mark Skousen School of Business

Lenexa, Kan. – Sept. 10, 2014 – For the second year in a row, Grantham University has awarded the Eugene “Gene” Jewett Memorial Scholarship to a student in the University’s Mark Skousen School of Business. This year’s recipient is James Hatfield of Topeka, Kan. Hatfield works as an assistant election official for the Shawnee County election office and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

The Eugene “Gene” Jewett Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor the late thought leader, early advocate of online education, and GEC board member. The scholarship, valued up to $37,000, covers the cost of tuition, textbooks, software and associated fees for the completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree in Grantham’s Mark Skousen School of Business.

“Throughout his career, Mr. Jewett preached the benefits on online education to all who would listen. He witnessed its power in helping students who might be unable to pursue their educational dreams otherwise do so and succeed,” said Steve Waldron, Grantham’s chief operating officer. “Through Mr. Jewett’s passion, schools like Grantham have been able to change countless lives, which is why we are proud to honor his memory with this annual scholarship.”

Grantham University offers a number of scholarships for active duty, reserve, guard, veterans and military family members as well as scholarships for first responders. To learn more about these scholarship opportunities visit: http://www.grantham.edu/scholarships/  

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Beyond the Virtual Classroom – Grantham University Faculty Spends Day at Hope Leadership Academy

“Life Changers” gardened with second graders while discussing importance of oxygen and its effects on learning.

Lenexa, Kan. — Sep. 4, 2014 — When teaching at the college level, educators get used to addressing topics in a certain way. Recently, several members of the academics team at Grantham University spent the day educating a different kind of student – second graders at Hope Leadership Academy.

In order to support the academy’s mission of providing “a world-class neighborhood school whose students thrive in a culture of academic excellence, character development and caring relationships,” the Grantham Life Changers brought in clay pots to decorate and seedlings to plant with students. While doing these activities, they also explained the importance of plants and how they not only impact the beauty of our surroundings, but our daily life through the production of oxygen – without which we would not be able to learn and grow.

“Spending the day with Hope Leadership Academy was a great way to give back to Kansas City. We believe passionately in both the learning process and being good members of the community through service, so being able to share our love of learning with the students at the academy was the perfect way to spend the day,” said Dr. Niccole Buckley, dean of Grantham’s Mark Skousen School of Business.

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham’s largest school, the Mark Skousen School of Business, offers certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields ranging from accounting to human resources to business management. To learn more about Grantham’s online business degrees, visit: www.grantham.edu/school-of-business/.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Master Sergeant Damon Nakatani Receives Grantham University’s CSM Virgil R. Williams Scholarship

The Waianae, Hawaii, resident plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Lenexa, Kan. – Aug. 28, 2014 – Master Sergeant (MSgt) Damon Nakatani, a Hawaii Air National Guardsman from Waianae, HI, was awarded the CSM Virgil R. Williams Scholarship from Grantham University and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS). The award was announced at the 43rd annual EANGUS Conference and Expo held in Phoenix.

The annual full scholarship, valued up to $38,600, includes tuition, textbooks, software and fees toward the completion of a degree at Grantham University. To be considered for the award, candidates must be a member, spouse or dependent of EANGUS, and complete a personal essay detailing their desire for education and need for financial assistance.

“As the sole provider for my family, I wouldn’t have been able to afford pursuing a degree without this scholarship,” said MSgt Nakatani. “I now have the opportunity to help not only my family, but my church, my community, my job and the Air National Guard with the knowledge I’ll gain through this program from EANGUS and Grantham.”

“When our founder first established Grantham University, he did so to provide flexible and affordable educational opportunities for our country’s veterans and military,” said Grantham University’s Chief Operating Officer Steve Waldron. “We are honored to partner with EANGUS in awarding this scholarship while continuing our legacy of supporting our nation’s heroes as they pursue their academic goals.”

Grantham University offers a number of scholarships for active duty, reserve, guard, veterans and military family members as well as scholarships for first responders. To learn more about these scholarship opportunities visit: www.grantham.edu/online-college-tuition/other-programs/scholarships/

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham University’s “Top Chief Financial Officer” Ed Sammarco Joins Hillcrest of Kansas’ Board of Directors

The university will also serve as a silver sponsor for group’s annual gala

Lenexa, Kan. — Aug. 22, 2014 — Nonprofit organizations, like Hillcrest Transitional Housing, generally rely on volunteers to serve as their life energy. Grantham University’s Chief Financial Officer Ed Sammarco, recently named one of Kanas City Business Journal’s top CFOs, joined Hillcrest of Kansas’ board of directors and will also serve as a representative to the newly established Youth Scholarship Fund.

Grantham and Hillcrest have a long-standing working relationship, which is how Sammarco first became aware of the board opportunity. In this role, he will analyze the Kansas Hillcrest locations’ activities and support and provide recommendations to the local affiliate director.

Earlier this year, Grantham teamed up with Hillcrest to support their local Walk for the Homeless in which funds were raised to help homeless families with transitional housing and training to become self-sufficient. This October, Grantham will also serve as a silver sponsor for its annual gala at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park.

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham’s largest school, the Mark Skousen School of Business, offers certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields ranging from accounting to human resources to business management. To learn more about Grantham’s online business degrees, visit: www.grantham.edu/school-of-business/

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). 

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Grantham University Student Michael Miller of Falmouth, ME, Receives LDRSHIP Award

Lenexa, Kan. — August 21, 2014 — For the past 10 years, the Imagine America Foundation has presented the LDRSHIP Award to honor exceptional students who have served their country through the military and chosen to pursue a college education. This year, Michael Miller was selected as one of 26 recipients for the LDRSHIP Award. Miller and the other honorees will receive up to $500 in grants to put toward their college tuition. 

To qualify for the award, applicants must attend a college that is participating in the Imagine America Foundation’s Scholarship and Awards Program, have a cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA and at least a 95 percent attendance record.  Additionally, applicants had to provide essays chronicling their college and military experiences, and provide a written recommendation from an instructor or college administrator.

Miller is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He has completed his last class in the program and is waiting for his diploma paperwork to process.

Grantham University has been helping working adults around the world achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. To learn more about Grantham and its accredited online degrees and certificate programs, visit: www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham University President Rejoins Grantham Education Corporation

Joseph McGrath to oversee development of external markets and global efforts

Lenexa, Kan. — August 15, 2014 — Grantham University announced today that its president, Joseph McGrath, rejoins Grantham Education Corporation (GEC), the financial sponsor of Grantham University, to advise and oversee the development of external opportunities including international and other strategic initiatives.

Mr. Stephen Waldron has been selected to serve as Grantham University’s chief operating officer as Mr. McGrath steps into his new role. Mr. Waldron will be responsible for day-to-day operations. Mr. Waldron came to Grantham from the United States Marine Corps, retiring with the rank of Colonel after 27 years of service. While in the Marine Corps, he held several command, staff and judge advocate positions, deploying to various combat zones on three occasions. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy, a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from Marine Corps University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Michigan State University.

“The Board of Governors of Grantham University worked in collaboration with the Board of Directors of GEC in the selection of Mr. McGrath,” said Dr. Herbert London, chairman of Grantham University’s Board of Governors. “Joe’s success leading Grantham University combined with his knowledge of higher education and his business acumen made him the perfect candidate to support continual improvement of the institution through new opportunities and strategic initiatives.”

Mr. McGrath was selected President of Grantham University in October 2011. During his tenure, Mr. McGrath focused Grantham University on enhancing student success and support through increased faculty, student-centric support methods, new programs, and partnering with other intuitions of higher education. Prior to his selection as president, Mr. McGrath spent nine years with GEC serving in a variety of capacities, including chief financial officer.

Before joining Grantham, Mr. McGrath served in Switzerland as the chief financial and administrative officer for a collection of private schools in Europe and spent 25 years in commercial and corporate banking. Mr. McGrath, a U.S. Army veteran, served as an officer at the NATO Headquarters LANDSOUTHEAST in Izmir, Turkey, and as an officer at the Third Regional Assistance Command (TRAC) in South Vietnam. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard College and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California.

Grantham University was founded in 1951 by a veteran for veterans – “Serving Those Who Serve®”. Founder Donald Grantham’s empowering vision and mission was to give veterans the opportunity to further their careers and create a better life for their families through continuing education. Over 63 years later, Grantham University offers accredited 100% online degrees and certificates in a variety of fields including business, computer science, criminal justice, engineering technology, cybersecurity, and nursing. Today, Grantham University educates and supports approximately 22,000 adult working students. To learn more, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-college-degrees/.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelors and masters degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record spanning six decades. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Wichita Area Technical College and Grantham University Enter into Articulation

The agreement allows students whom have completed an associate degree to transfer to corresponding bachelor’s degrees

Lenexa, Kan. — August 13, 2014 — Wichita is sometimes considered the “Air Capital of the World,” which is why it makes sense that Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) houses the number one ranked aviation program in the nation. But the school is so much more than that, it has more than 75 programs of study. Recently WATC signed an articulation agreement with Grantham University in which its associate degree graduates can take their education even further by transferring to the 100 percent online university.

The articulation agreement is a 2+2 bachelor completion program. WATC students who have completed any associate degree with at least a 2.0 GPA can transfer into Grantham’s Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies program. Additionally, students who have earned their degrees in the following areas can transfer into a corresponding bachelor’s degree at Grantham:

  • Associate of Applied Science Business Administration (Accounting) to Bachelor of Science Accounting or Bachelor of Science Business Administration or Bachelor of Science Business Management
  • Associate of Applied Science Business Administration (Banking/Finance) to Bachelor of Science Business Administration or Bachelor of Science Business Management
  • Associate of Applied Science Police Science to Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science Robotics to Bachelor of Science Computer Engineering Technology or Bachelor of Science Electronics Engineering Technology

Eligible members of WATC’s faculty and staff have the opportunity to continue their education through Grantham at a reduced tuition rate for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

“Between WATC’s dedication to providing their students with a quality education while maintaining one of the lowest tuition price points in the state, and Grantham’s commitment to helping students meet their educational goals in a flexible online environment, we feel that this articulation agreement is a huge benefit for both schools. We look forward to a long relationship with WATC in which we can work together to help all of our students change their lives for the better, move into new career fields and enjoy success on their jobs,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham’s provost.

“We are excited about this opportunity for WATC students to continue their education in Business, Robotics/Engineering and Criminal Justice with Grantham University.  WATC and Grantham University have a common vision to ensure students have an opportunity to change their lives, the ability to earn their degrees with a flexible approach to learning, and create a meaningful and productive career pathway.  As we work together to create a workforce for our region in these critical areas we are honored to partner with Grantham University,” said Sheree Utash, WATC’s vice president of academic affairs.

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham’s largest school, the Mark Skousen School of Business, offers certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields ranging from accounting to human resources to business management. To learn more about Grantham’s business degrees, visit: www.grantham.edu/school-of-business/.

About Wichita Area Technical College:

Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) has been delivering excellence in education since 1965. WATC continues to build on this tradition with quality instructors, talented students and state-of-the-art technical equipment. Together, these elements help create a hands-on learning environment that promotes participation and prepares students for further education and/or career experiences.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham University Commencement Features Inspirational Keynote

Online university invites hundreds of its students from throughout the country to come together for traditional graduation ceremony

Kansas City, Mo. - August 5, 2014 - This is not your average college graduation. Sure, friends and families will travel long distances to show support for a college graduate, but at Grantham University's Commencement, many of the graduates are coming together for the first time... and it's August, not May. This online university takes pride in providing a traditional graduation for its non-traditional students who attended classes online.

An accredited online university serving working adults around the world many of whom have military service, Grantham University will recognize its Class of 2014 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates at its annual commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in the Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom.

Speakers include war hero, naval officer, attorney, and former government executive, Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. (United States Navy, Ret.), and Dr. Leah Matthews, executive director of the Distance Education Training Center (DETC), a non-profit educational association located in Washington, D.C.

A decorated war hero, Alvarez was flying a retaliatory air strike against naval targets in North Vietnam on Aug. 5, 1964, when anti-aircraft fire crippled his A-4 fighter-bomber, forcing him to eject over water at low altitude. Following his capture, Alvarez endured brutal physical and mental torture by the North Vietnamese as a prisoner of war (POW) for 8½ years, until the general release of the American prisoners in February 1973. He’s best known to the public as the first American aviator shot down and one of the longest held POWs in North Vietnam. His inspirational tale of survival is detailed in two books he co-authored: Chained Eagle: The Heroic Story of the First American Shot Down over North Vietnam, and Code of Conduct. Alvarez holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Santa Clara, a master’s degree in systems operations and research from U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., and a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He has had executive leadership positions with the Peace Corps and the Veterans Administration, nominated for both by President Ronald Regan. He founded Alvarez & Associates, an information technology consulting firm, in Washington, D.C., in 2005.

Dr. Matthews’ experience in higher education and accreditation includes three years as vice president for Recognition Services at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and 12 years as director of accreditation and compliance at the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, overseeing accreditation processes for approximately 750 post-secondary career and technical institutions. She earned a bachelor's in music from Westminster College, an MPA from the University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. from George Mason University. As executive director, Dr. Matthews oversees the DETC’s Accrediting Commission, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). DETC was founded in 1926 to promote sound educational standards and ethical business practices in distance learning. With its 88 years of history service to distance learning students, the DETC Accrediting Commission accredits 110 distance education institutions offering associate through professional doctoral degrees to more than 2.5 million students.

Grantham University’s dedication to serving military students and veterans is reflected in its 2014 graduating class. Over half of the expected 265 participants are currently serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces. Graduates in this year’s class reside as far away as Germany and Hawaii.

“Graduates and attendees at this year’s commencement ceremony will certainly be motivated by Commander Alvarez’s history of heroism and survival during his service in Vietnam,” said Joseph McGrath, Grantham University’s president. “He garnered the respect of fellow POWs then, and overcame obstacles to conduct an impressive career in government and business. We’re thrilled that he’ll be part of our graduation ceremonies this year.”

Grantham University has called the Kansas City area home since 2005 when it relocated its campus from just outside of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The University, which currently employs more than 350 staff, offers 100 percent online undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students worldwide. Spurred by growth, the University relocated its campus from the north Kansas City area to Lenexa, Kan., in March. 

For more information about Grantham University’s 100 percent online certificate and degree programs, visit: www.grantham.edu/online-degree/or call 1-800-955-2527.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Dr. Mark Skousen Shares Insights on Famed Economist Milton Friedman

Event takes place at the Kansas City Central Library on what would have been Milton’s 102 birthday

Kansas City, Mo. – July 30, 2014 Milton Friedman was a renowned economist and statistician who received the Nobel Prize and put the University of Chicago’s school of economics on the map. For most people, Friedman was a figure studied in the classroom. For Dr. Mark Skousen, honorary dean of Grantham University’s Mark Skousen School of Business, Friedman was a friend with whom he enjoyed spirited debates on their differences in theories and viewpoints on economics.  

On Thursday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Skousen will present, “Milton's Paradise: My Friendly Fights with Milton Friedman”at Kansas City’s Central Library (14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo., 64105). During the presentation, Dr. Skousen will share stories from his long friendship with the libertarian icon.

After the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, and Dr. Skousen will be on hand to autograph his book, “Vienna & Chicago, Friends or Foes?: A Tale of Two Schools of Free-Market Economics.” Admission to attend the presentation is free, but seating is limited. Reservations can be made at: https://www.kclibrary.org/rsvp/23470. This event is sponsored by Kansas City Public Libraries, The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Grantham University and Show-Me Institute.

The School of Business is Grantham University’s largest with 14 online degree programs, including business administration, accounting and human resource management. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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State Technical College of Missouri and Grantham University Sign Articulation Agreement

Agreement allows students who have completed associate degrees to transfer to corresponding bachelor’s degrees

Lenexa, Kan. — July 21, 2014 — Students are faced with countless options when it comes to choosing the right school in which to pursue their college education. Recently State Technical College of Missouri, located in Linn, Mo., the state’s only designated state-level technical college, signed an articulation agreement with Grantham University easing the transfer process between schools.

The articulation agreement is a 2+2 bachelor completion program which allows students who have completed any associate degree with a 2.0 GPA from State Technical College of Missouri to transfer into Grantham’s Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies degree program. Additionally, students who have earned their degrees in the following areas can transfer into a corresponding bachelor’s degree at Grantham:

Associate of Applied Science Business Systems Specialist to Bachelor of Science Business Administration or Bachelor of Science Business Management

Associate of Applied Science Electronics Engineering Technology to Bachelor of Science Computer Engineering Technology or Bachelor of Science Engineering Management Technology

Associate of Applied Science Computer Programming to Bachelor of Science Computer Science or Bachelor of Science Information Systems or Bachelor of Science Information Systems Security

Eligible members of State Technical College of Missouri’s faculty and staff have the opportunity to continue their education through Grantham at a reduced tuition rate for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

“State Technical College of Missouri is a wonderful institution that cares deeply about the potential of each of their students,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham’s provost. “Like Grantham, they are committed to meeting their students’ educational needs through the use of in-depth faculty-student interaction. We are thrilled to partner with another school who cares so deeply about putting students first.”

“Grantham University has a philosophy consistent with the philosophy of the State Technical College of Missouri,” said STC President Dr. Donald Claycomb.  “We welcome the opportunity to articulate with them to expand opportunities to students.”

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham offers certificate programs, associate and bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer science through their oldest school – the College of Engineering and Computer Science. As the technology field continues to evolve, so does the curriculum covered in these fields. To learn more about the degree opportunities available in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/engineering-and-computer-science/.

About State Technical College of Missouri:

Ranked among the best nationally, the State Technical College of Missouri serves a unique role as one of the leading two-year technical colleges in Missouri and the Midwest region.  State Tech has built a reputation as a highly specialized, student friendly college with an exceptional reputation with business and industry.  State Tech stands alone as Missouri’s first and only public higher education institution with a statewide mission devoted solely to technical education at the Associate of Applied Science Degree level.  Visit www.statetechmo.edu to learn more.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Ed Sammarco, Grantham University, Named a Kansas City Business Journal Top CFO

The 12 honorees were recognized at a June 27 awards luncheon

Lenexa, Kan. — July 14, 2014 — In the world of C-level executives, chief financial officers are often surrounded in a bit of mystery. To the outsider, they may seem like Rich Uncle Pennybags from the game Monopoly, constantly controlling the budget and saying “yes” or “no” to the purchasing of items for the business. In reality though, they are the force responsible for keeping businesses afloat. To recognize these crucial individuals, the Kansas City Business Journal (KCBJ) recently released their annual list of the 12 top chief financial officers in the area. Ed Sammarco of Grantham University was named to the list featuring the top small for-profit companies.

“I’ve always believed that the best managers are a reflection of the hard work provided by their teams,” said Sammarco. “I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish my goals last year, or received this honor, without their support. Each day the team comes into the office with an understanding of what needs to be done to support our students, and how it can best be accomplished. While I’m surprised and humbled to receive this award, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Sammarco joined Grantham’s senior leadership team in 2011 after serving 11 years at Sprint Nextel. He holds an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – accounting major – from Youngstown State University.

This is the seventh year that KCBJ has recognized Kansas City’s top financial executives. The honorees were chosen based on “contributions to their companies’ growth and financial success, their roles in corporate management and strategic planning, and their community involvement.” All the honorees were recognized Friday, June 27, during KCBJ’s awards luncheon at the Sheraton Overland Park.

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, which helps students learn how to analyze accounting problems while applying concepts, tools and strategies to various business settings. To learn more about Grantham’s accounting degree, please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/accounting/.     

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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