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A few collaborations announced in recent weeks will help the institutions involved and improve opportunities for their employees and the people they serve.

On Thursday, officials from Eastern Gateway Community College and Trinity Health System reached an agreement that will allow employees of the health care organization and their dependents to enroll in tuition-free courses.

Several weeks earlier, meanwhile, the leadership of the Franciscan University of Steubenville signed memorandums of understanding with representatives of Rajagiri College of Sciences and Kristu Jayanti College that will help build bridges between schools in many levels, including student exchanges and residency placements.

Each of the agreements is good for all parties involved.

For Trinity, approximately 5,000 full- and part-time employees and dependents will be able to expand their educational and employment opportunities beginning in the summer semester. In addition to being able to provide two-year degrees and certification training in areas such as medical assisting, phlebotomy, respiratory therapy and pharmacy technician, Trinity employees and their dependents will have the chance to explore many other areas.

Eastern Gateway will also benefit, adding students to its roster while continuing to provide quality education with minimal or free tuition. Countless area residents, for example, have taken advantage of the Horizon Grant program, which provides two years of free tuition to Jefferson County students who begin their studies in the fall after graduating from high school. .

The two organizations have a long history of collaboration, as Trinity School of Nursing has been housed at EGCC for several years.

For the Franciscan University, the ability to work more closely with India-based colleges will help expand opportunities for students. Officials said options will likely include opportunities for student and faculty exchanges between institutions, live classes between schools and joint research collaborations.

Rajagiri is considered one of India’s leading schools of engineering, management, and social work, while Kristu is best known for its computer science programs as well as its research in biotechnology, business, psychology, and management.

These agreements show the potential that each of these institutions sees in each other. They represent an opportunity for growth that will benefit each other – and the community – for a long time.

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