Thursday, November 4, 2010

Maricopa Colleges, Capella University Announce Education Agreement

Officials from the Maricopa Community Colleges and Capella University held a signing ceremony Oct. 19 that will offer Maricopa employees and graduates a variety of tuition reductions, grants and other benefits.

The Maricopa/Capella Agreement offers a 10 percent tuition reduction and the opportunity for a $500 grant, as well as a formal articulation agreement for block credit transfer from Maricopa to Capella. Professional development webinars and opportunities for additional scholarships and grants are part of the agreement.

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community Colleges, and Dr. Michael Offerman, president of Capella University, participated in the signing ceremony and offered remarks extolling the benefits of the agreement.

To be eligible for the $500 grant, employees or graduates must enroll in a degree program at Capella, meet their admission requirements, and be a new learner who starts a course between Oct. 1 and March 31, 2011. The grant will be applied to the first two quarters if students remain enrolled for two consecutive quarters.

Grant applications and more information on the agreement are available by visiting, or by calling a Capella University enrollment counselor at 1-866-736-1746.

Capella University in an accredited on-line university offering Bachelors, Masters, and doctorate degrees, as well as certificates, and is an approved education provider by the Maricopa Community Colleges.

About the Maricopa Community Colleges: The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the nation. It includes 10 colleges - Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, GateWay Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College. The District also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, SouthWest Skill Center, several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes and serves more than a quarter million students annually. For more information: 480-731-8333, 480-731-8000 or District News: