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Franklin University and TECH CORPS Announce Partnership

Columbus, OH (August 2, 2016)

Franklin University and TECH CORPS are proud to announce a new partnership that will establish a process and framework for issuing college credits to high school students successfully completing TECH CORPS programs.

For the past few months, Franklin University faculty and TECH CORPS staff have collaborated to develop a framework, criteria and process for issuing college credit to students who complete TECH CORPS’ Student WEB CORPS program. 

This summer, 125 Franklin County youth are participating in the Student WEB CORPS program, which is structured as a “work-based learning experience.” The program presents an introduction to many of the basic concepts, issues and techniques related to designing, developing and deploying websites in a mock business environment. During the program, students work independently and as part of a team to complete assigned tasks and achieve project milestones. This program is funded by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, administered by FCDJFS and a part of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

“Not only are students involved in this program earning a wage and gaining valuable work experience,” said TECH CORPS National Executive Director Lisa M. Chambers. “Thanks to this partnership with Franklin University they are now able to receive college credit for the work.”

This new partnership continues Franklin University’s mission to provide greater access to earning degree.

“I am impressed by the quality of work produced in the Student WEB CORPS program. Through our partnership, high school students can leverage knowledge and skills learned with TECH CORPS in a way that contributes to more advanced educational credentials,” said Dr. Christopher Washington, Provost at Franklin University. “By paving additional pathways to earn a college degree, we expand access for a broader community of learners seeking to achieve their goals and enrich the world.”

Pictured (left to right)
Lisa M. Chambers, TECH CORPS; Alberto Ruocco, AEP and TECH CORPS Board; Joy Bivens, Franklin County Dept. of Job and Family Services; Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown; Dr. Christopher Washington, Franklin University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Andy Igonor, Franklin University; Juan Torres, Franklin County Dept. of Job and Family Services; flanked by TECH CORPS students.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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