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Franklin University Receives $885,000 Grant to Help Prepare College Credit Plus (CCP) Teachers in the State of Ohio

For Immediate Release: January 29, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $885,000 from the Ohio Department of Education and Department of Higher Education. 

The grant, the largest awarded, was announced in December and provides funding to help high school faculty in Ohio receive the qualifications required to teach College Credit Plus courses, a statewide program that allows seventh-through-12th grade students to earn high school and college credit at the same time.

Graduate coursework will be available through Franklin University and Urbana University (acquired by Franklin University in 2014), in partnership with Columbus State Community College and the Educational Services Center of Central Ohio, to offer online, graduate coursework to fulfill College Credit Plus program requirements at no tuition cost to high school faculty through 2017 and reduced tuition through 2020. In addition, related coursework books will be available at a flat fee of $60 per credit hour.

Franklin will leverage its transformative teaching methods to offer these tuition-free, graduate-level courses to more than 125 high school teachers in Central and Western Ohio. Coursework will be available in the areas of business, computer science, and psychology and behavior sciences.

Participating high school faculty will begin taking courses at Franklin University and Urbana University beginning in March. When their training has been completed, this group of high school faculty will be able to teach college-level courses in their high school classrooms.

The College Credit Plus program is designed to allow secondary students to pick up credits by taking classes online, in their home school with a qualified teacher or on a college campus.

“Providing this funding for teacher credentialing will ultimately allow more students to take advantage of College Credit Plus, which is great news for students and families looking to save potentially thousands on the cost of a college education,” Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey said in a statement. “And having more teachers in our high schools with these qualifications helps secure a strong future for the College Credit Plus program.”

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About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, 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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