Excelsior College recently hosted its eighth annual Partners in Lifelong Learning event and recognized General Electric (GE) for a commitment to education that has lasted more than 100 years.
Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities, as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the
Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The annual Excelsior Partners in Lifelong Learning event, held each April, draws attention to the importance of lifelong learning while funding scholarships for working adult students in need of financial support to complete their degrees. Since its inception in 2008, Partners in Lifelong Learning has raised more than $530,000, benefiting nearly 450 students from the Capital Region and its surrounding areas, and recognized the achievements of 47 individuals and organizations.
“Partners in Lifelong Learning was initiated to shine a spotlight on those in the Capital Region who share in Excelsior’s commitment to lifelong learning,” said Cathy Kushner, vice president of institutional advancement at Excelsior. “GE has demonstrated that commitment through more than a century of workforce development, scholarship programs and investment in the surrounding community, and we’re proud to honor the firm.”
Nicole Cioffi, an instructional designer for GE Crotonville who accepted the award on behalf of the company, said, "We believe that our people are our most powerful catalysts for growth and innovation. Each of us is a leader. By investing in our employees, we not only build careers, we drive progress, because when one person grows, we all grow -- and together, we all rise."
In the past 10 years, GE has invested more than $225 million into quality educational programs targeting students in primary and secondary schools, with an additional $27.5 million supporting scholarships for promising graduates continuing their academic careers. The company invests more than $1 billion each year in employee development worldwide. And its employees volunteer, mentor and contribute thousands of hours annually to share
their expertise, engaging the leaders of tomorrow throughout the many communities it serves.
In 2012, Excelsior and GE began to build on this shared commitment to education by strategically aligning GE’s corporate training programs with several of the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Business and Technology. In three years, more than 60 GE employees and subcontractors have taken advantage of this unique educational agreement.
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