Amerigroup Washington Announces a New National Partnership to Provide a Free College Degree for Any Eligible Employee through College for America at SNHU
On June 2, Amerigroup Washington announced a new partnership to make an associate’s or bachelor’s degree available at no cost for any of its eligible full-time and part-time associates in Washington through College for America at Southern New Hampshire University. College for America partners with employers to offer a competency-based, online curriculum that is engineered to help associates fit a fully-accredited college degree in the busy lives of working adults.
This new benefit is available to any Amerigroup Washington full-time or part-time employee who works 20 or more hours per week and has been employed at least six months. Amerigroup Washington associates who participate in the College for America program can earn their degree at no cost as a result of Amerigroup Washington’s tuition reimbursement benefit.
“Amerigroup is committed to offering its associates a robust benefits package that goes beyond salary and health benefits,” said Daryl Edmonds, Amerigroup Washington president, in a statement. “Our partnership with College for America has proven successful for our parent company associates who participated in the pilot program in New Hampshire and we want to build on that success by providing opportunities for education, development and career advancement to all our associates.”
“This is a tremendous win-win for Amerigroup Washington and its associates. As an employer, Amerigroup Washington is building talent and the skills needed for promotion in its workforce while associates earn an accredited degree that will help them get ahead in their life and career without taking on debt,” said Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, in a statement. “SNHU’s partnership with Amerigroup Washington will educate thousands of associates and is a model for aligning employer demand with the kind of competency-based, workforce-applicable higher education we have pioneered at College for America.”