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City of Columbus and Franklin University Announce Education Partnership

For Immediate Release: August 17, 2017

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, and the City of Columbus are pleased to announce an expansion of their educational partnership.

“We are committed to developing and maintaining a well-trained workforce to better serve the residents of Columbus,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Our partnership with Franklin University allows employees to position themselves to advance in their careers through a respected and accredited university.”

"As a member of the Columbus community for more than 115 years, we are proud to be a continuing resource for employees to continue their education," said Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University. “Through this new partnership with the City of Columbus, we can add to the development of its employees, with the added benefit of preparing their workforces to lead our city forward into a new level of quality service."

City employees will have access to a book benefit and a tuition discount from the following undergraduate majors or graduate programs in Franklin University’s College of Health & Public Administration:

• Allied Healthcare Management
• Emergency Management & Homeland Security
• Criminal Justice Administration
• Healthcare Management
• Health Information Management
• Public Administration
• Nursing
• Public Safety Management & Leadership
• Master of Healthcare Administration
• Master of Public Administration
• Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership

As the capital and largest city in the state of Ohio, city employees provide services to more than 850,000 people. Shifts in demographics and culture have shaped the need for a modern workforce to address the needs of this growing population. In order to provide outstanding service and to create a culture that reflects inclusion and diversity, the City of Columbus strives to recruit and retain a highly educated and diverse workforce that is capable of leading change in Columbus’ evolving demographics.

As a leader in adult education, Franklin University understands the challenges of working and going to school to stay competitive and relevant in the workplace. Through Franklin’s online programs, employees of the City of Columbus can take classes on their schedule to continue their education they make themselves a current and relevant asset to the city. 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.  

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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