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Franklin University of Ohio Announces New Education Partnership Program with Indiana Park and Recreation Association

For Immediate Release: February 20, 2013

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Indianapolis, IN —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Franklin University of Ohio is pleased to announce its new Education Partnership with Indiana Park and Recreation Association (IPRA).  Through this new partnership, the two organizations have found a way to serve their education and independence-focused missions by creating affordable, high quality education opportunities for the dedicated members and employees of IPRA. 

Marnie Glanner, Executive Director of Franklin University in Indianapolis is enthusiastic about the addition of the employees of IPRA to the Education Partnership Program. “By signing this agreement, the leadership of the Indiana Park and Recreation Association has made a commitment to developing their constituents,” said Glanner. “We appreciate the confidence they have shown toward the quality of our programs.”

“Professional development and continuing education are areas we emphasize as a Professional Association.  We see the benefit of providing avenues for our members to develop themselves and raise the bar for the parks and recreation field across the board.  By our members choosing to develop themselves, in turn it will help them provide more to their local community” said Chris Owens, Executive Director of the Indiana Park and Recreation Association.  “Partnering with Franklin University affords our members a convenient opportunity to grow by working toward an advanced degree that is both affordable and high-quality.”

The Education Partnership Program is an initiative offered by Franklin University’s Indianapolis location. Quickly gaining attention across the Indianapolis area, the initiative is recognized as an opportunity for employers dedicated to the professional development of their employees. “This program just makes sense with the challenges that today’s employers face,” says Glanner. “It empowers employers and organizations to provide a high-quality, high-value education option to their employees or members at no cost to the organization.  It is a wonderful way to build employee confidence, improve morale, and enhance credentials, all while providing hard-working adults an alternative option to traditional college to complete a degree.” 

About Indiana Parks and Recreation Association
The Indiana Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) is a professional association representing over 900 parks and recreation professionals throughout the state. Members include agency superintendents, directors, and other professional staff; corporate vendors that supply recreation equipment and professional services; elected officials; students; and citizen advocates.

About Franklin University
Franklin University in Indianapolis, IN is regulated by: The Board for Proprietary Education, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204, telephone: 317.464.4400 Extension 138.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411, 1.800.621.7440.

Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, nearly 10,000 students attend Franklin, through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, three Central Ohio locations and in Beavercreek, as well as at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in addition to online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (including the new Certificate in Criminal Justice and Logistics Management major) and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The University’s MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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