Annual college event has raised more than $530,000 in scholarships for Capital Region students.
On April 22, Excelsior College will host its 8th annual Partners in Lifelong Learning event and recognize GE for a commitment to education that has lasted more than 100 years.
The annual Excelsior event, held each April, draws attention to the importance of lifelong learning while funding scholarships for working adult students in need of financial support to complete their degrees. Since its inception in 2008, Partners in Lifelong Learning has raised more than $530,000 benefiting nearly 450 students from the Capital Region and its surrounding areas and recognized the achievements of 47 individuals and organizations.
“Partners in Lifelong Learning was initiated to shine a spotlight on those in the Capital Region who share in Excelsior’s commitment to lifelong learning,” said Cathy Kushner, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Excelsior. “GE has demonstrated that commitment through more than a century of workforce development, scholarship programs, and investment in the surrounding community and we’re proud to honor them.”
“We believe that our people are our most powerful catalysts for growth and innovation. Each of us is a leader,” said Nicole Cioffi, an instructional designer for GE Crotonville who will accept the award on behalf of GE. “By investing in our employees, we not only build careers, we drive progress. Because when one person grows, we all grow – and together, we all rise.”
In the past 10 years, GE has invested more than $225 million into quality educational programs targeting students in primary and secondary schools, with an additional $27.5 million supporting scholarships for promising graduates continuing their academic careers. The company invests more than $1 billion each year in employee development worldwide. And, its employees volunteer, mentor, and contribute thousands of hours annually to share their expertise, engaging the leaders of tomorrow throughout the many communities it serves.
In 2012, Excelsior and GE began to build on this shared commitment to education by strategically aligning GE’s corporate training programs with several of the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Business and Technology. In three years, more than 60 GE employees and sub-contractors have taken advantage of this unique educational agreement.
To read the full description of this year’s honorees, visit Excelsior’s Partners in Lifelong Learning page. For more information on scholarship opportunities or event registration, call 888-647-2388 (Ext. 145). To learn about past winners of the Partners of Lifelong Learning scholarship, visit Excelsior Life.
What: Excelsior College’s Partners in Lifelong Learning
When: April 22, 5 pm – 8 pm
Where: New York State Museum, 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230