Rushville Republican

July 19, 2013

WGU Indiana, Honda Manufacturing partner


Rushville Republican

---- — Honda Manufacturing Indiana, LLC (HMIN), Honda’s fourth U.S. auto plant, is WGU Indiana’s newest corporate partner. The partnership between HMIN and the state’s only exclusively online, nonprofit university will benefit HMIN employees who seek to complete their bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

“Honda Manufacturing of Indiana is proud to work closely with WGU,” said Honda Manufacturing of Indiana HR representative Angela Topper. “We believe in their innovative education model, providing adults with affordable and flexible degree programs, which will positively impact our workforce and the economy.”

As a benefit to this new partnership, HMIN employees will receive a five percent tuition discount at WGU Indiana for four terms. Honda employees who live outside of Indiana are eligible for the same tuition discount through WGU Indiana’s parent institution, Western Governors University. Eligible programs for Honda partner benefits include those in WGU Indiana’s College of Information Technology and College of Business. Tuition at WGU Indiana has remained at a flat rate of about $6,000 per year since the school’s inception in 2010.

“WGU Indiana was created for adults who have real-life work experience and are ready to complete their bachelor’s or master’s degree,” said WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber. “Our partnership with HMIN demonstrates a mutual commitment to helping hard-working adults achieve their educational goals at an affordable rate and through a model that accommodates their busy lives. We will continue to seek partners like Honda that believe in the importance of employee growth and development through education.”

WGU’s innovative, competency-based education model, which earned the university a spot in Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2013, measures learning rather than the time a student spends in a classroom seat. Students earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of subject matter, completing coursework online at any time convenient to their lives. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of prior learning and experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn.

To learn more about WGU Indiana, call 877-214-7014 or visit indiana.wgu.edu.

WGU Indiana is the state’s nonprofit, online university established by the State of Indiana to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. Using a competency-based model that allows students to proceed at their own pace and curriculum developed with input from leading employers, WGU Indiana offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Education, Information Technology and Healthcare Professions, including Nursing. In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recognized WGU Indiana in its Reaching Higher, Achieving More agenda for its excellence in academic quality. The university was also recognized as one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2013.

Honda Manufacturing Indiana, LLC (HMIN) in Greensburg, Ind., became Honda’s fourth auto plant in the U.S. and its seventh in North America when it began production of Civic Sedans in October 2008. With employment exceeding 2,000 associates and capital investment exceeding $800 million, HMIN primarily manufactures automobiles for the United States, with some Civics produced for export to markets outside of North America. HMIN started operations as a zero-waste-to-landfill factory, meaning no waste is sent to landfills, and maintains one of the lowest environmental footprints of any automobile plant in Honda’s global production network.

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