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School of Human Services Manchester Campus Partners With New Hampshire-Vermont Alliance of YMCAs

February 8, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Feb. 8, 2008 – The New Hampshire-Vermont Alliance of YMCAs has designated the Springfield College School of Human Services (SHS) Manchester Campus as its institution of choice for bachelor’s and master’s degrees for its personnel.

Signing a partnership agreement between two institutions on Jan. 11, 2008, in Manchester, N.H., were SHS Dean Robert J. Willey, Jr. and Alliance Secretary Michael Norklun, with support from SHS Manchester Campus Director Susan Langlois and Greater Manchester Family YMCA CEO Harold Jordan.

Willey said, “This agreement extends a partnership that began in 1885 when the institution that is now Springfield College was founded to educate YMCA leaders. Since then, the YMCA has continued to rise to the ever-changing complexities of helping build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. We are committed to continuing to be the partner that provides top-quality education to help prepare YMCA staff to excel.”

Under the terms of the agreement, the alliance will assist the SHS in recruiting a culturally diverse range of YMCA employees who are interested in career development, and students who are interested in YMCA careers. The alliance also will utilize existing YMCA tuition reimbursement and scholarship resources.

Additionally, the alliance agreed to advocate for the SHS with human services agencies throughout New Hampshire and Vermont regarding degree programs for their employees. It will assist the SHS in developing an advisory board of representatives of the YMCA and human service organizations and agencies.

Springfield College will match the YMCA's employee tuition support. The SHS will continue to provide educational content within the school's programs that supports the career competencies of YMCA staff. The school also will continue to provide undergraduate credit for training and work experience that is equivalent to college-level learning, and for courses successfully completed at other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning.

The SHS Manchester Campus offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in human services, with undergraduate concentrations available in criminal justice and addiction studies, and master’s degree concentrations in mental health counseling and also in organizational management and leadership.

Both institutions committed to review of the 10-year agreement in advance of its expiration date, with the expectation of forming a successor agreement.

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