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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Henley-Putnam University Signs Articulation Agreement with Grantham University

The two schools will work together to ensure students who wish to transfer to one another have a smooth transition

Lenexa, Kan. — June 24, 2014 — As technology advances, online education opportunities continue to expand, making it easier for working adults to pursue their education in a flexible, convenient way. Grantham University, one of the oldest private postsecondary distance education universities, has recently signed an articulation agreement with Henley-Putnam University. Henley-Putnam specializes in intelligence education with courses including counterintelligence, clandestine communications and terrorism studies.

The articulation agreement will ease the transition of students who wish to continue their education at either university. This will smooth the transfer of credit and help eliminate the need to repeat a course competency that has already been mastered.

“Henley-Putnam is a wonderful institution that focuses primarily on strategic security degrees,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham’s provost. “Like Grantham, they are committed to meeting the educational needs of professionals in law enforcement and the military. Because of this, there is a shared vision and mission of Serving Those Who Serve®.”

“The solid alignment of Grantham’s curriculum, values, standards of excellence, and mission with Henley-Putnam’s makes this articulation a great asset to students,” said Dr. Amy DiMaio, Henley-Putnam’s provost of academics. “Grantham’s commitment to integrity in serving military students speaks to the core of Henley-Putnam’s mission.”

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham offers a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with concentrations in homeland security and computer science, a bachelor’s in information systems security, and a certificate in cybersecurity concepts. To learn more, visit: www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/.

About Henley-Putnam University:

Henley-Putnam University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a doctoral degree within the field of strategic security. The University’s mission is to serve professionals within the law enforcement, military and intelligence community, by increasing their opportunities for advancement in the fields of protection management, counter-terrorism and intelligence operations. The University's focus is on delivering user friendly, high quality, online degree programs with an emphasis on furthering knowledge in deterrence and prevention.

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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Lt. Christopher Martin, US Navy, Receives AFCEA DC Military IT Leadership Award

The Grantham University graduate and adjunct instructor was selected as one of two USN recipients

Lenexa, Kan. — June 12, 2014 — Each year, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Washington, D.C. Chapter (AFCEA DC) recognizes technology heroes from each branch of the armed services and joint forces with the Military IT Leadership Award. This year, Grantham graduate and adjunct instructor, Lieutenant Christopher Martin, was selected as one of two Navy recipients.

Lt. Martin is currently the Atlantic Submarine Force Ashore Communications Planning/Requirements Officer and Information Assurance Manager. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating a worldwide network of Naval communications stations and transmitters. He is also an instructor at Grantham University teaching courses in computer concepts, advanced microcomputer applications and e-commerce. Lt. Martin was selected for the Military IT Leadership Award for his numerous efforts in advancing the field of Submarine Cyber Warfare.

“I cannot adequately express how honored I am. This award represents a milestone in my career, one that validates the extensive work accomplished,” said Lt. Martin. “I could not have earned this achievement without the support of my wife, sons, the leadership and my co-workers at both Commander Submarine Forces, Atlantic and Pacific Fleet. Additionally, I must recognize the knowledge and skills I obtained while earning my Master of Science in Information Management – Project Management at Grantham University. The courses provided a foundation from which I grew in my career. It is an outstanding privilege to be selected and is a reflection of the investment by many in my career and the trust they have shown in my abilities.”

This year’s recipients were honored at AFCEA DC Spring Leadership Dinner May 15 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. The event featured a keynote presentation by Admiral William J. “Fox” Fallon (U.S. Navy, Ret.), and honored the country’s Warfighters for their service and the sacrifices that they have made in defending our nation.

Grantham University has been Serving those who Serve™ for more than 63 years, and has been recognized as a military-friendly school and a top university for veterans. To learn more about Grantham’s military programs, scholarships and grants, please visit: www.grantham.edu/online-college-tuition/military-programs/.  

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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It’s Official – Grantham Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Campus

Lenexa Chamber of Commerce helped host the event for university staff and members of the community

Lenexa, Kan. — June 5, 2014 — As famous fictional Kansan Dorothy Gale once said as she clicked her heels, “there’s no place like home.” This is a sentiment that Grantham University’s 400 plus staff members and the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce celebrated Wednesday, June 4, as they held the ribbon cutting ceremony for Grantham’s new main campus in Lenexa’s Southlake Corporate Park.

Grantham relocated to Kansas from the Kansas City Northland’s Zona Rosa development in late March. Its new location is LEED certified and has ample room to meet the projected staff and faculty additions expected within the next two years.

“Kansas, Johnson County, The City of Lenexa and the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce have gone out of their way to help Grantham feel at home in our new location,” said University president, Joseph McGrath. “This transition wouldn’t have gone so smoothly without the help of the Chamber and Mayor Boehm. We’ve only been residents of Kansas for a short while, but we know we’ve made the right decision for our team.”

Mayor Boehm spoke at the ceremony, which was followed by the ceremonial ribbon cutting, refreshments, and tours of the new main campus.

The Kansas City area first welcomed Grantham University following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Its former campus in Slidell, Louisiana was completely destroyed in the storm. The Greater Metropolitan area helped Grantham’s staff find shelter, food, clothing and medical assistance since many moved to the area with very few belongings. The Kansas City area has been Grantham’s home away from home ever since.

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 Exec Makes Annual List of K.C.’s Top CFOs

The Kansas City Business Journal has compiled its annual list of the best chief financial officers in the area, and Grantham University’s own CFO Ed Sammarco is among the honorees.

The publication’s CFO of the Year awards program, now in its seventh year, recognizes the top financial executives in Kansas City based on “contributions to their companies' growth and financial success, their roles in corporate management and strategic planning, and their community involvement,” the Business Journal reported. To view the whole story, please visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2014/05/23/kcbj-announces-2014-cfos-of-the-year.html.

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Chase Cookson: Gladstone Future Leaders Academy Graduate

The dean of Grantham’s Foundations Faculty participated in the program along with 10 others to learn more about civic engagement

Lenexa, Kan. — May 27, 2014A town is only as good as its citizens. In order to ensure a continually engaged community, Gladstone, Missouri, recently hosted its annual Future Leaders Academy, a program designed to give citizens an inside look at how municipal government works. Grantham University’s dean of foundations faculty, Chase Cookson, was among the most recent group of graduates.

While most graduates eventually go on to join Gladstone’s various boards and commissions, Cookson learned about the Future Leaders Academy after serving on the Environmental Management Advisory Committee (EMAC).

“I had initially expressed interest in joining the Future Leaders Academy before being appointed to EMAC,” Cookson reflected, “but after my appointment, Mayor (Brian) Hill strongly suggested that I continue to follow through with my interest. I’m glad that I did. As a student of business, I found the similarities between running a city and a business to be very interesting.”

Gladstone’s Future Leaders Academy runs from January to May every year. This year Cookson was one of 11 graduates who were recognized in a ceremony held by the city on May 12. In his role at Grantham, Cookson is responsible for the development and guidance of the university’s core education faculty members.

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: http://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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For Second Year, Grantham Sponsors Hillcrest Walk for the Homeless

University’s “super heroes” participate at Bronze Level with participation from president and team of Life Changers

Lenexa, Kan. — May 17, 2014 — Without the aid of a phone booth to change into costume, Grantham University had a team of super heroes participate in Hillcrest’s Super Hero Walk for the Homeless led by their fearless president, Joseph McGrath. The University also served as a Bronze Level sponsor for the second year in a row.

For 30 years, Hillcrest of Kansas City has helped homeless families by providing transitional housing and the training needed to help them overcome barriers in order to become self-supportive members of society. Through this work they have a success rate of 95 percent of their graduates achieving their goals within 90 days.

“When the University first relocated to Kansas City after Hurricane Katrina, we were essentially homeless,” said McGrath. “The city and its surrounding communities opened their arms and hearts to us, so we did not have to go without clothing, furniture, medical supplies and housing. When the opportunity presents itself to help a wonderful cause like Hillcrest’s Walk for the Homeless, we are happy to give back to the community that has given us so much.”

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: http://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 Aids Students Affected by Destructive Spring Weather

Lenexa, Kan. — May 3, 2014 — It has officially been spring for just over a month, and already the South and Midwest have endured several devastating storms. As an online university with students across the country, Grantham University’s family has been affected by the recent rash of tornadoes and floods.

To help alleviate the burden, Grantham is actively reaching out to its students and helping those affected through this difficult time. Each student’s situation is unique, so Grantham’s student advisors are working one-on-one to determine the best way for the student to successfully continue his or her education. Students have a few options open to them such as delaying the start of a course or asking for an extension on an assignment. Instructors are working with impacted students who are currently enrolled in courses to revise deadlines and provide extra time to complete assignments. 

“Students choose to attend Grantham because we allow them the flexibility needed to fit education into their lives,” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, chief academic officer. “Sometimes that flexibility extends beyond the work-life balance due to extenuating circumstances. When that happens, we try to help in any way we can.”

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: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degree/.

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 Honors Those Lost While Serving by Sponsoring Inaugural Run for the Fallen at Fort Hood

“Fallen, Never Forgotten” will take place Saturday, May 3, at Cameron Field

Fort Hood, Texas — May 2, 2014 — Following the tragic events that recently occurred at Fort Hood, the inaugural Run for the Fallen Saturday will be an especially poignant event. “Fallen, Never Forgotten” honors the fallen soldiers of the base and their families through 10K, 5K, 3K and 1 mile routes. Grantham University, a 100 percent online university that specializes in “Serving Those Who Serve®” is one of the event’s exclusive sponsors.

“We have a large student population at Fort Hood and saw this run as an opportunity to show our students they have our full support - both in the classroom and in their daily lives,” said Grantham’s president, Joseph McGrath. “The service members honored by this event have made the ultimate sacrifice, and this is just one small way we can show our gratitude.”

Between 2,000 and 5,000 members of the Fort Hood area and its surrounding communities are expected to participate. Race participants will have the opportunity to honor the fallen soldier of their choice by writing the name on their race bib. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m., and the first wave will begin at 8 a.m.

Since its founding by a World War II veteran in 1951, Grantham has remained true to its founder’s pledge to serve the academic needs of those who serve our country by providing affordable, professionally relevant, student-focused degree and certificate programs. To learn about Grantham’s military and veteran scholarship opportunities, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/tuition/military-programs/military-scholarship-programs/.

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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GU Recognized for Hiring Military Veterans

Grantham University and 11 other Kansas City area employers that hired military veterans through Missouri’s Show-Me Heroes program have been honored by the state’s Department of Economic Development.

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Grantham University Inducted into MoNGA’s Order of the Truman Battery D Battalion

Induction ceremony took place during the organization’s annual conference

Lenexa, Kan. — April 14, 2014 — Each year the Missouri National Guard Association (MoNGA) hosts an annual conference for all of its members to come together to discuss how they can best serve the soldiers, airmen, retirees and families of the Missouri National Guard. During this year’s event in Osage Beach, Mo., Grantham University was inducted into the Order of the Truman Battery D Battalion.

The award is named for the battery that President Harry S Truman led during World War I as a member of the Missouri National Guard. To receive the award, supporters of MoNGA must have made a lasting contribution for the betterment of the organization.

“As longtime supporters of MoNGA, we are delighted to be inducted into the Order of the Truman Battery D,” said Grantham president, Joseph McGrath. “We have always believed strongly in the mission of the MoNGA and are committed to serving those who serve through our online degree programs and scholarships. We look forward to remaining involved with this wonderful organization as neighbors across the state line.”

Grantham University specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to military service members, spouses, veterans and working adults around the world. To learn more about Grantham and its online degree programs, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/ or call 800-955-2527.

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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, Performance Improvement, 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 Adds 4 New Certificates to Program Options

The certificates are in human resources, cybersecurity, programming and business leadership

Lenexa, Kan. — April 11, 2014 — According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 around 8,554 people who received postsecondary non-degrees – in other words they had participated in certificate programs – were employed in their respective fields. This number is expected to grow another 15.6 percent by the year 2022.  To help meet this growing demand for talented future employees, Grantham University will add four certificate programs to its online course options: cybersecurity concepts, introduction to programming, human resources and business leadership.

Each certificate requires the completion of 16-19 credit hours and can be completed individually, or while concurrently pursuing a correlated undergraduate degree at Grantham. The cybersecurity concepts certificate helps prepare students to take the Network+ exam and/or the NetworkPro and SecurityPro certification exams.

For those who already hold a college degree, a certificate is a great complement to that degree and is a cost-effective way to further knowledge and expertise in a given field.  

“Certificate programs are a popular option for students who want to advance in their careers, but who don’t necessarily have the time to pursue a full degree,” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, Grantham’s chief academic officer. “In the next decade, certificate holders are expected to have the fourth highest employment rate of postsecondary education opportunities behind doctoral, master’s and associate degree recipients. Considering our history of providing professionally relevant degree programs, it is only fitting for us to begin expanding our certificates options to meet a growing need.”

To learn more about Grantham University’s new certificates, please visit: www.grantham.edu/certificates, or call 1-800-955-2527.

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, Performance Improvement, 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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Charles Lamp, Army Veteran, Named Grantham’s 2014 Outstanding Graduate

Completed his associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the University

Lenexa, Kan. — April 8, 2014 — Charles Lamp of Hartselle, Ala., was recognized as Grantham University’s 2014 Outstanding Graduate during an awards luncheon today at the Distance Education and Training Council’s (DETC) 88th Annual Conference in Hammock Beach, Fla. Johanna Altland, Grantham’s director of strategic initiatives & external relations, presented the award.

A three-time graduate of Grantham, Lamp received his Associate of Science in Information Systems in 2008, Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies in 2011 and his Master of Business Administration – Project Management with distinction in 2013. He currently works for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a senior software analyst following a successful 20-year career in the Army.

“Growing up, very few of my friends and family members ever completed high school,” Lamp reflected. “It was a major personal accomplishment for me to take my own education far beyond that level. By pursuing my education, I was able to provide a positive example for my wife, co-workers, and others who considered taking that next step, but were unsure if they had the time.”

Selection criteria for the award includes a GPA of 3.5 or higher, evidence that the graduate has made significant contributions to society and his/her chosen profession, as well as an essay  submission demonstrating the graduate's application of knowledge and skills acquired in the online classroom to his/her career and community.

Grantham University is one of the oldest accredited, private, degree-granting distance education universities in the United States. The University specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to military service members, spouses, veterans and working adults around the world. To learn more about Grantham and its online degree programs, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/ or call 800-955-2527.

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http://www.saic.com/
http://www.detc.org/index.aspx  
http://www.grantham.edu/online-degree/master-of-business-administration-project-management/

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, Performance Improvement, 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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Catherine Smith of KC North Awarded SHRM/Grantham Graduate Scholarship

Will use opportunity to pursue her Master of Science in Performance Improvement

Catherine Smith of KC North Awarded SHRM/Grantham Graduate ScholarshipLenexa, Kan. — April 4, 2014 — Returning to school after a 24 year break is intimidating, but Catherine Smith, Kansas City North, was determined. After working in human resources for 11 years, she knew to advance her career she needed two things: a PHR or SPHR certificate, and a master’s degree. She already had the certification, so she just needed a way to pursue her graduate degree. Catherine, a member of the Society for Human Resource Management of Greater Kansas City (SHRM-KC), decided to apply for the SHRM/Grantham University Graduate Scholarship.

The scholarship, which was open to all members of SHRM-KC, covered the full cost of tuition, textbooks, software and fees associated with a human resources-related graduate degree at Grantham. Applicants had to submit an essay providing information on their volunteering efforts, career path and financial need.

“When I first learned about the scholarship, I dismissed the idea of applying because there was no way I stood a chance,” Smith said. “But after a while I started wondering, ‘why not me?’ After a lot of research and some encouragement from two of my mentor-coworkers, I finally submitted the application. When I learned I had been selected for the scholarship, I couldn’t believe it! I cannot thank SHRM and Grantham enough for this wonderful opportunity.”

“Catherine has the drive and determination to complete anything she sets her mind to,” said Michael Hooker, Grantham’s senior manager – organizational partnerships. “These are characteristics that will carry her far in her education. We’re excited to help her pursue her degree and accomplish her ultimate goal of becoming an HR manager.”

Catherine received the scholarship during SHRM-KC’s March luncheon. She will be pursuing her Master of Science in Performance Improvement.

In 2012, Grantham University launched the first virtual SHRM Chapter in Kansas City and Missouri. The Chapter provides students with the opportunity to network and benefit from the professional association in the same convenient method in which they are pursuing a degree.

To learn more about Grantham’s Master of Science in Performance Improvement, please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degree/master-of-science-in-performance-improvement/ or call 1-800-955-2527.

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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, Performance Improvement, 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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