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Franklin University and TECH CORPS Announce Partnership

For Immediate Release: August 2, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

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
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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