Bethune-Cookman University

01/10/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/14/2018 03:36

B-CU Global Online College Partners with International Labor & Employment Law Firm to Provide Online Certification and Degrees for Employees

B-CU Global Online College Partners with International Labor & Employment Law Firm to Provide Online Certification and Degrees for Employees

Through the support of Acting President Judge Hubert Grimes, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) established a corporate partnership with Ogletree Deakins, an international labor and employment law firm. The partnership is available to Ogletree Deakins' employees who are seeking to further their education in fields such as leadership, business, and science and technology related industries. Employees of the firm will have the opportunity to enroll in courses through B-CU Global Online College and receive undergraduate, graduate degrees and short-term certificates in Paralegal, Personal Training, Addiction Professional Studies, Christian Ministry, and Sports Marketing to name a few. The agreement began, effective Fall 2017 semester and will renew annually with a projected end date of 2020.

'Ogletree Deakins' employees will benefit from experiential learning, where staff also receive credit for prior learning through work and life experiences,' Dr. Gale Gayle, Associate Vice President at B-CU and Chief Online College Officer stated.

B-CU Global Online College is ranked high among top historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and online colleges across the nation. The Online College is ranked 3rd out of 65 accredited Methodist colleges and universities in the nation and was recently recertified as a United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) program. It is also the first program in the State of Florida and the second HBCU in the nation to be USDLA certified. Additionally, B-CU ranks 48th among all 112 colleges and universities in Florida.

This is the first partnership that Ogletree Deakins has cultivated with an HBCU. B-CU Global Online College course offerings will be shared through the firm's Educational Alliance program, which provides scholarships to employees up to $2,000 a year in tuition reimbursement. Additionally, the online college will provide a special benefit for veterans employed by Ogletree Deakins, their spouses, and dependents to receive tuition reimbursement.

'Ogletree Deakins sought to add another university partnership through our Educational Alliance program and wanted to include an HBCU as an option for employees,' said Marcia Stokes, Director of Learning and Employee Development at Ogletree Deakins.

Dr. Arletha McSwain, Dean of B-CU Global Online College shared, 'I am excited for this unique partnership. B-CU's online college is growing and with this opportunity we will be able to share opportunities for currently employed individuals to continue their education, which will, in turn, impact the quality of their careers.'

Currently, Ogletree Deakins partners with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Limestone College, eCornell University, and NOVA Southeastern University to provide educational learning opportunities for their employees.

About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000. For more information, visit