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Thomas College Launches New Partnership to Reduce Costs for Working Adults

Posted Aug. 01, 2012, at 11:36 a.m.

Waterville Institution Offers New Tuition Discount to Maine Employees through the Maine Employers’ Initiative

Waterville, ME – Thomas College and the Maine Development Foundation (MDF) announced a new partnership today to support workforce development for a growing network of education-committed employers and their employees across the state of Maine. The partnership is being realized through an MDF program, the Maine Employers’ Initiative, which helps Maine employers promote educational and career advancement opportunities for their employees and support education and skill development in the workplace.

“Partnerships like this one are critical to our efforts to increase the skill and knowledge in Maine’s workforce among busy, working adults who have limited time and resources to devote to taking that next step,” said Maggie Drummond, program director for the Employers’ Initiative at MDF. “We are very grateful to Thomas College for this generous new discount that demonstrates their strong commitment to Maine’s employers and non-traditional students.”

For all current employees of the over 140 participating employers, the Thomas College Graduate and Continuing Education Division will: waive all application fees, provide a 10% course discount, and provide the first course free of charge. The discount applies to part-time bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, not accelerated or full-time programs, and the “first course free” applies to eligible new students beginning in fall 2012.

“Thomas College is excited about our new partnership with the Maine Employers’ Initiative because we believe that non-traditional students and working adults are critical to growing Maine’s workforce,” said new Thomas College President Laurie Lachance, “As educators we need to do everything we can to provide access to higher education to adult learners, not just for Maine but to give working adults a better chance at individual success as well.”

The discount is the most recent offered by a Maine institution to the network of committed employers, and Thomas College joins The University of Maine at Fort Kent, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, the New England College of Business and Finance, Husson University, and the University of New England in offering a discount to employers in the program.

To take advantage of the discount, students should contact the Thomas College Division of Graduate and Continuing Education by visiting www.thomas.edu, calling 207-859-1102, or emailing grad@thomas.edu.

Employers interested in joining the Maine Employers’ Initiative can find more information about the program and instructions for signing up at www.mdf.org.

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About Thomas College: Thomas College, founded in 1894, is a private, business and liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. Thomas offers a rich professional studies curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of programs including business, arts and sciences, criminal justice, education, and technology. Thomas is focused on providing an accessible and affordable quality education to any student who is motivated to work hard and succeed. We provide a supportive learning environment for all students — many of whom are first generation college students — and encourage them to discover and fulfill their unique potential. Thomas offers students Guaranteed Tuition and its full-time graduates Guaranteed Job Placement within six months of graduation. For more information about Thomas College, please visit www.thomas.edu.

About Maine Development Foundation: MDF is a private, non profit, non partisan organization that focuses on sustainable, long-term economic growth for Maine. MDF stimulates new ideas, develops leaders, and provides common ground for solving problems and advancing issues. The Maine Employers’ Initiative is an MDF program with three primary goals: to help Maine employers provide education and development opportunities to their employees, connect educational institutions and employers in Maine to address workforce challenges, and to engage new populations in the State’s workforce.

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