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Penn State World Campus to Help NFL Players Earn Degrees

by on January 04, 2016 2:30 PM
University Park, PA

Penn State World Campus is teaming up with the NFL Players Association, the labor union for athletes in the National Football League. 

The educational partnership is part of a plan to help both current and former players in the league earn college degrees online.

World Campus will provide advisors and staff to work with players who have credits from another university, presumably one they departed from early to start a professional football career. They will also help players start a brand new degree if that's their preference, offering more than 125 online academic programs ranging from business, to science, to liberal arts, to health care.

This partnership is part of the World Campus' Corporate Alliance program, in which the university's online academic program has teamed up with more than 30 corporate education partners.

“The Corporate Alliance program is another way that Penn State World Campus is expanding access to a Penn State education for corporations and organizations,” said Craig Weidemann, vice provost for online education. “Penn State is excited to welcome the NFL Players Association as a partner, and the university is committed to helping these players complete their college degrees so they can be successful in their careers off the field.”

Penn State already has some ties to the Professional Athletes Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the NFLPA that assists players in their transition from the gridiron to the real world after their football career comes to an end. Former Nittany Lions linebacker Andrew Collins s the executive director of the Professional Athletes Foundation, which provides financial, educational, and career resources for outgoing NFL players. This new partnership with Penn State World Campus only works to bolster the efforts of the NFLPA to ease athletes into life after football. 

“A college degree is necessary to compete in the job market, and Penn State World Campus will help our members take this important step,” Collins said. “The resources and preparation for learning online will help our members be successful.”

Zach Berger is the managing editor of He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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