news ok logoSeptember 5, 2006 - Grantham University, specializing in educating working adults, was selected by the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) initiative as one of five schools to participate in an online degree consortium. The e-training initiative facilitates professional development and career advancement for all federal and military employees, as well as contractors to the federal government.

"Our goal is to bring our expertise in online education to participating students and to continue our long-standing commitment to federal government employees and their career advancement," said Thomas M. Macon, chairman of Grantham University.'s e-training initiative was on the President's Management Agenda in 2002 for improving the performance of the Executive Branch of Government. It was designed to support the development of the Federal workforce and advance agency missions by providing one-stop access to high-quality e-Learning products, information and services.

To date, the following federal agencies are participating in the online degree consortium: Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health & Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Transportation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC), General Services Administration (GSA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Grantham, along with the other selected schools, will provide low-cost training in a variety of areas including information technology (IT), project management, business, communication, acquisition and contract management, and earned value management.

Additionally, Grantham is working with a number of minority group associations within the federal government to provide online courses. The groups include: Blacks in Government (BIG), Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), National Image Inc., and Federally Employed Women (FEW).

"We look forward to working with more government agencies in the future," adds Macon. "We will continue to offer a high-quality e-learning product in order to facilitate professional development for our students."

As a University with a strong focus on academics, Grantham's students complete coursework at times and places that fit their busy schedules. Grantham's faculty, administration, and advisors are comprised of educators, business executives, industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Among the advisors are Dr. D. Bruce Merrifield, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President Reagan and an endowed chair at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Herbert I. London, founder, endowed chair, and former Dean of Students at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study; and Dr. Mark Skousen, chairman of, economist, financial advisor, author and economics professor at Columbia University's Barnard College.