SHU Partners with Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

News Story: February 29, 2016

Sacred Heart University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CCM, the state’s largest nonpartisan organization that represents cities and towns all over Connecticut. This agreement includes a preferred tuition rate for employees from the 158 municipalities involved in CCM.

“It’s really exciting,” said Ellen Kovar, director of Corporate Recruitment for University College, who was instrumental in working out the agreement with CCM. “We’re extending a preferred rate for part-time undergraduate studies to all of CCM’s members, plus CCM’s employees.”

CCM is the newest organization to enter into an education partnership with SHU. In the past year, the University has penned similar agreements with approximately 15 nonprofits and businesses, including Neopost, United Illuminating, Bigelow Tea and Bankwell.

Once a partnership has been established, a custom landing page is created with a link from the company’s website to SHU’s that explains what Sacred Heart University has to offer.

“Partnering with CCM is really a win-win for everyone,” Kovar said. Municipal employees have the opportunity to further their education by taking daytime, evening or online courses, and employers get to support their staff and their goals. “That’s the beauty and flexibility of it,” Kovar said.

This agreement enriches public/private relationships and creates pathways for working adults to continue their studies. Kovar said that as relationships grow, municipalities may seek out SHU for student interns or to participate in the University’s career fairs, annual golf tournament or other events.

“Now that we’re partners, there’s so much opportunity,” Kovar said.