• May 25, 2022
 Western Governors University, City of Sunland Park sign Partnership to Make Higher Education More Accessible

Western Governors University, City of Sunland Park sign Partnership to Make Higher Education More Accessible

Western Governors University, City of Sunland Park sign Partnership to Make Higher Education More Accessible

Western Governors University (WGU) and the City of  Sunland Park launched a new partnership agreement to create seamless transfer pathways for city  employees who want to earn their bachelor’s or master’s degree with WGU Texas.  

The partnership will encourage the City of Sunland Park’s 90 employees to pursue educational  opportunities to advance their personal goals and the work of the city. The City of Sunland Park supports  the upskilling of their employees and the collaboration with WGU is designed to fit into busy work and  home schedules. 

“WGU is excited to assist city employees achieve their higher education and career goals,” said Linda  Battles, Regional Vice President. “Our partnership with the City of Sunland Park will provide employees  with individualized, competency-based learning that allows them the flexibility to earn their degree at  their own pace while juggling work and family responsibilities.” 

Located in Doña Ana County, the City of Sunland Park is home to a population of more than 17,600. The  city has a workforce of 90 plus employees. WGU serves more than 136,000 students nationwide,  including 600 students across New Mexico and 26 in Doña Ana County. Eighty percent of WGU students  hold full-and part-time jobs. 

Through the agreement with WGU, the City of Sunland Park employees may select among more than 60  accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in K-12 teaching, information technology, business, and health professions. Qualifying employees receive special benefits including: 

  • Eligibility to apply for the WGU Collaborative Agreement Scholarship, valued at up to $2,500, Access to more than 30 additional scholarships and financial aid,
  • Military benefits for qualified applicants,
  • Access to career services and alumni events and activities, and
  • Comprehensive, seamless transfer policy.

“The partnership with WGU offers professional development pathways for career advancement and  supports our efforts to upskill and retain highly-qualified employees,” said Javier Perea, Sunland Park  Mayor. “We are excited to partner with WGU in order to provide an extra benefit for our employees and  to provide non-traditional ways to pursue educational opportunities.”

WGU, which offers affordable tuition and a competency-based model, maintains impactful and lasting  relationships with reputable businesses across the country. Through partnerships like the one with the  City of Sunland Park, individuals of all backgrounds are given the opportunity to pursue educational  goals that can transform their lives.

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