grantham university and BIG kansas city signingKansas City, Mo. – February 19, 2013 – Grantham University, an online university dedicated to providing educational opportunities to working adults, and the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Blacks In Government (GKC BIG) Region VII have entered into a partnership to provide continuing education opportunities for members of GKC BIG. The agreement was signed by Mr. Joseph McGrath, Grantham University President, and Ms. Mary Nelson, Greater Kansas City Chapter of Blacks In Government President, during a signing ceremony held on Friday, February 15th at Grantham University’s offices in Kansas City.

“Grantham University and GKC BIG are joining forces to provide associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to BIG members to help them meet the continuing education requirements of the federal workforce,” said McGrath.

“We think that this partnership will provide great educational opportunities for our GKC BIG Chapter members from the Federal, State, County and City government sectors,” said Chapter President Mary Nelson.

Along with a tuition discount for eligible members, GKC BIG will also receive a full scholarship, valued up to $38,600, for a deserving member to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree at the University. The scholarship includes tuition, textbooks, software and fees. In addition to helping members of GKC BIG with their educational goals, Grantham University will provide virtual professional development events for members and member access to its online career portal.

Grantham University is one of the oldest accredited, private, degree-granting distance education universities in the United States. Grantham University’s accredited online degree programs are flexible and portable, allowing students to fit education into their lives instead of arranging their lives around their education. For more information about Grantham University, visit or call 800-955-2527.

The Greater Kansas City Chapter of Blacks In Government was Incorporated in 1980. The mission of the Chapter is to enhance and improve working conditions and employment development for blacks at all levels of Federal, State, and Local governments. For more information about Blacks In Government, visit

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in online education for the working adult student. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education.