The Olathe Chamber and MidAmerica Nazarene University announced yesterday a partnership that will provide Chamber members, employees and their families a discount on select degree programs at MNU. The Olathe Chamber is the latest in a group of nearly 40 local and national organizations that have partnered with MNU, including Cerner, Garmin and Farmers’ Insurance.
The Family Education Discount partnership will allow Olathe Chamber employees, members and their families a 10 percent discount on select bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and certificates at MNU through the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Olathe Chamber President Tim McKee says the benefit is not only good for individuals but for Olathe’s continued development.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to help further workforce development in Olathe,” says McKee. “With 1,300 members this opportunity has the potential to impact the quality of employees available to all businesses in Olathe.”
Mark Ford, MNU vice provost, says the agreement allows many small businesses in Southern Johnson County make higher education tuition benefits available to their associates and their associate's family members.
“Through this partnership MNU is able to treat thousands of the Chamber's small businesses and individual members as if they were part of a much larger corporate entity,” Ford says.
Lisa Hood, MNU director of partnerships and community relations, helped put the partnership together with the Chamber.
“Programs eligible for the discount are designed for people who likely want to work full time,” she says. “Courses are held once a week in the classroom, or entirely online, making higher education feasible for busy adults.”
Programs eligible for the Family Education Partnership discount include:
BA in Accelerated Elementary Education
BA in Applied Organizational Leadership
Bachelor's in Business Administration
Master of Business Administration*
Master of Science in Management
Master of Science in Nursing*
MSN/MBA Dual Degree
Master of Education*
Certificate in Play Therapy
Sexual Addictions Treatment Provider Certificate*
*Available on-site or online.
“Education is a wonderful investment people give to themselves,” Hood says. “The Family Education Discount partnership makes this investment more affordable.”