Ivy Bridge College Works with the U.S. Recreation & Welfare Association to Help Military and Federal Employees Pursue a Higher Education Online

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Ivy Bridge College’s unique blend of online learning and mentorship supports Recreation & Welfare Association members and their families as they earn a bachelor's degree.

I think a lot of federal employees and their families will be excited about the opportunities Ivy Bridge opens up.

Thanks to a new partnership between Ivy Bridge College and the Recreation & Welfare Association, military and federal employees and their families can take advantage of online programs to pursue their education while serving, working full-time, or taking care of other work and life responsibilities.

“We’re very excited to offer our members an education through Ivy Bridge College,” said Ruth Sragner, general manager for the U.S. Recreation & Welfare Association. “I think a lot of federal employees and their families will be excited about the opportunities Ivy Bridge opens up as well.”

The Recreation & Welfare Association, also known as RecGov, is a department of the National Institute of Health responsible for the overall health and well-being of American federal and military employees. In addition to providing its members with housing options, financial advising, day care services, and insurance coverage the association is also in charge of advancing education opportunities.

In its newest effort to expand access to higher education for its members, the Recreation & Welfare Association has partnered with Ivy Bridge College, an online institution that helps students earn an associate degree online, then transfer to one of over 100 partner colleges and universities across the United States.

“We’re thrilled to be working with such a well-respected and valuable organization,” said Matt Tidwell, Ivy Bridge College’s Director of Corporate Partnerships. “The Recreation & Welfare Association has a long history of providing quality services for its members. This latest partnership with Ivy Bridge College shows how invested they are in supporting military and federal employees as they earn a degree.”

In order to discuss the benefits of the new program, Tidwell and Ivy Bridge College Director, Sarah Horn, met with leaders from several military and federal agencies at the Churchill Hotel in Washington D.C. At the luncheon Horn, who created the Ivy Bridge College success coaching program, outlined how Ivy Bridge’s support services will provide guidance and mentorship to RecGov members as they complete their path to graduation.

“Ivy Bridge students receive personal attention and guidance that goes beyond the typical university advisor relationship,” explained Horn to the luncheon attendees. “Once a RecGov member joins the program, he or she will meet with a success coach once a week to address challenges, set goals and schedules, and create a clear plan for transfer and advancement after graduation. It gives the student a direct line to the university if they ever have problems or need to ask questions. And it also offers life coaching services, which help students stay focused on their education and the larger goals they hope to achieve after leaving Ivy Bridge.”

As part of Altius Education and Ivy Bridge College’s ongoing Creating Pathways for Success Initiative, Horn and other program leaders have been attending conferences and events throughout the year in order to share ideas about Ivy Bridge’s success coaching program and its potential to help students.

To learn more about Altius Education, Ivy Bridge College, or their partnership with the Recreation & Welfare Association, contact Vincent Guerrieri at vincent.guerrieri(at)altiused(dot)com or 415-762-1506.

About Altius Education
Altius Education is creating a new model for US higher education focused on student success. The company’s joint venture approach brings together the best of non-profit and for-profit institutions, creating a student-centric university ecosystem that guides students of all ages and backgrounds to positive outcomes. The foundation of this unique system is Ivy Bridge College, created in partnership with Tiffin University. Ivy Bridge is America’s transfer college, providing a direct path and support services for students to pursue an associate degree online, then transfer to one of over 100 public and private four-year partner institutions across the United States. Headquartered in San Francisco, with operations in Ohio, Altius is funded by Maveron, Spark Capital and Charles River Ventures.


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