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Penn State launches World Campus Corporate Alliance Program with Siemens deal

by on September 26, 2013 10:37 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK — Companies that want to keep employees on the forefront of emerging technologies and new skill sets can now choose to align with Penn State World Campus through its new Corporate Alliance Program.

 

The World Campus Corporate Alliance Program brings online and in-person educational and professional development opportunities to businesses and will empower employees to achieve degrees and further their careers as they utilize tuition reimbursement options in their employer’s benefits packages.

Employees of partner companies can depend on the wide array of student support services that World Campus provides on a daily basis.

This, coupled with a sophisticated and reliable learning management system to support their studies, provides the foundation for a customized student experience from the start of the program through graduation.

In return, companies get a comprehensive solution for higher education and professional development, assistance with tuition cost control and specialized support services for employees.

These are the benefits that the leadership team at Siemens, a worldwide electronics and electrical engineering company with approximately 370,000 employees in 190 countries, had in mind. Siemens recently signed a multi-year agreement that will give its employees access to Penn State’s world-recognized faculty, research and academic programs.

“Siemens is already a very important Penn State partner in the areas of research, collaboration, providing internships to our students and hiring our graduates,” said Craig Weidemann, vice president for Outreach and vice provost for Online Education. “We are very excited that this expanded relationship will allow World Campus to provide professional development opportunities to Siemens employees.”

“This is another major step in the alliance between Siemens and Penn State announced last year,” said Eric Spiegel, president and chief executive officer of Siemens Corp. “Ongoing employee development is a key driver for Siemens and this will enable us to deliver a benefit from a recognized leader in higher education that our employees in the U.S., and globally, can take advantage of, regardless of where they live or work.”

Siemens’ Learning Campus organization is currently working closely with World Campus to explore ways of maximizing the value of this strategic alliance for employees across the U.S. and beyond. Siemens employees can now choose from more than 90 programs, both online and at select local campuses offered by Penn State, in addition to developing customized learning solutions on an organizational level together with Siemens Learning Campus.

Graduates from World Campus will receive the same nationally recognized degree as students who learn at a Penn State campus and can become part of Penn State’s worldwide alumni network of more than 170,000 active members.

“We are extremely excited to be working with Siemens to help its employees achieve their academic and career goals,” said Weidemann.

 

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