Press Release

City of Columbus and Franklin University Expand Education Partnership to Include Spouses and Dependent Children


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (February 18, 2020)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce the expansion of its educational partnership with the City of Columbus by extending education benefits to the spouses and dependent children of city employees.

The City and Franklin University entered into its partnership in 2017 as a way to demonstrate its commitment to developing a well-trained workforce. Through this announcement, the City demonstrates a commitment to the economic prosperity of the region.

Following the benefits provided in the original educational partnership, the newly added spouses and dependent children of City employees will have access to a book benefit and a tuition discount from a variety of Franklin University's academic offerings including a master's degree in Public Administration, bachelor's degrees in Public Administration or Public Safety Management & Leadership or associate degrees in Criminal Justice and Health Services.

As a leader in adult education, Franklin University understands that balancing the need to stay current, along with going back to school, takes planning, commitment, and sacrifices. Through Franklin's online programs, employees, spouses, and dependent children of the City of Columbus can take classes on their schedule to continue their education to make themselves a current and relevant asset to the region's economic advancement. Providing an additional benefit, the Franklin faculty that teach these courses are academically credentialed and come from the field, providing a differentiator among other institutions of higher education.  

"As a member of the Columbus community for more than 115 years, we are proud to be a continuing resource for students to continue their education," said Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University. "Through this partnership extension with the City of Columbus, we can add to the development of its employees and their families, with the added benefit of preparing an expanded workforce to lead our City and potentially the region forward."

About the City of Columbus
The City of Columbus is America’s Opportunity City. The Mayor, Columbus City Council and dedicated employees work every day to maintain a high standard of service and quality of life for all Columbus residents, keeping Columbus neighborhoods vibrant, and supporting the economic development of the entire Central Ohio region.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides on-site course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, 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, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Franklin is only one of three schools in Ohio designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

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