BAR HARBOR, Maine – Husson University and The Jackson Laboratory are teaming up to offer classes toward Master of Business Administration degrees on Mount Desert Island beginning in January.

Husson’s College of Business will provide laboratory employees and Bar Harbor-area residents the opportunity to earn an MBA on-site, said Tom Hutchison, Husson executive director of academic affairs and director of the School of Business and Management, in a press release issued Friday.

“Students will be able to complete the MBA degree in two to three years through a combination of online classes and classes taught on-site,” he said. “We have designed this program so students will not need to travel to our Bangor campus for any coursework.”

Mae Landesman, senior director of human resources at Jackson Lab, said the company is committed to on-the-job employee development and encourages workers to further their educations. Since the company began offering a tuition reimbursement program in 1998, 68 employees have benefited from it.

“We see working with Husson University as a wonderful opportunity to further support our commitment to providing more accessible educational opportunities for employees,” Landesman said in the press release. “This is an innovative example of the educational and nonprofit sectors collaborating for the benefit of the citizens of Maine.”

In addition to offering the classes to employees in Bar Harbor, Landesman said, distance education technologies will be used to offer them to employees in Sacramento, Calif. Residents of the Bar Harbor area also may participate in the program, space permitting.

“We deeply value this partnership with The Jackson Laboratory to bring an MBA degree to the lab as well as to those on Mount Desert Island,” said Ron Nykiel, dean of the College of Business.

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