Leila Gallagher

The partnership will provide YRC Worldwide employees with educational and career advancement opportunities.

Stephanie Fisher and Charlyne Valizan

(L to R) Stephanie Fisher, YRC Worldwide Inc. vice president and controller, and Charlyne Valizan, Grantham University national accounts manager, sign a partnership agreement helping YRCW employees advance education and career opportunities.

LENEXA, Kan. – June 1, 2016 – Grantham University, a 65-year-old institution delivering accredited online degree programs and certificates to working adults, active-duty military and veterans around the world and YRC Worldwide Inc., one of the largest transportation service providers in North America, have entered into an agreement that will help YRCW employees gain the advanced education they need to achieve their career goals.

Through the agreement, all union and non-union YRCW employees benefit from reduced tuition rates ($252 per semester hour for Grantham’s undergraduate degree programs; $309 per semester hour for graduate programs), and the ability to have corporate training and other experience evaluated for transfer credit at Grantham.

Customizing Prior Learning Assessment – or PLA – programs for corporations is just one way Grantham helps enable the success of companies and their employees, noted Brad Gibbs, Grantham University chief development officer.

“Our accredited degrees and certificates align perfectly with the career paths of corporate employees like YRCW’s – as well as other adult learners,” said Gibbs. “Through the agreement with YRCW, we will have the great fortune of working with the company’s staff members in taking their next step with education. They can maximize corporate training hours that they already have and benefit from our flexible online course environment in earning a degree while still maintaining their work responsibilities. At the same time, Grantham gains the type of quality, dedicated and determined students we are proud to call 'family.'”

With 50 online degree and certificate programs, Grantham boasts eight-week classes, most of which start on a weekly basis.

“We are looking forward to the partnership with Grantham University and expanding learning opportunities for our hard-working employees,” said Stephanie Fisher, YRC Worldwide vice president and controller. “This agreement will help stimulate a culture of motivation and self-improvement – completely in line with YRCW’s focus on fostering an environment for productive, successful employees.”

More information about Grantham University’s Corporate Partner Program can be found at:


About Grantham University: With 2016 marking the University’s 65th birthday, Grantham University was established in 1951 and today offers 50 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. With a mission to provide quality, accessible, affordable, professionally relevant programs in a continuously changing global society, Grantham’s courses are 100 percent online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty or from almost anywhere in the world. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning more than six decades of service.

About YRC Worldwide

YRC Worldwide Inc. headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is the holding company for a portfolio of less-than-truckload (LTL) companies including YRC FreightYRC ReimerHollandReddaway, and New Penn. Collectively, YRC Worldwide companies have one of the largest, most comprehensive LTL networks in North America with local, regional, national, and international capabilities. Through their teams of experienced service professionals, YRC Worldwide companies offer industry-leading expertise in flexible supply chain solutions, ensuring customers can ship industrial, commercial, and retail goods with confidence. Please visit for more information.