Geneva College in Beaver Falls has formed a partnership with the City of Pittsburgh to give a 15 percent tuition discount, in some courses of study, to city employees and members of their immediate families. The discount will apply to Geneva’s adult degree programs and to six master's degree programs.
Pittsburgh officials initiated the partnership, said Linda Roundtree, recruitment manager for the master of science in Organizational Leadership program. Her partner in working out the details was Katy Rittle, manager of training and development for the city.
Pittsburgh has more than 3,400 employees.
“They especially liked that Geneva offered business-related programs designed for adult students” with some classes meeting in eight locations in Pittsburgh, Ms. Roundtree said.
A class for the two-year program in organizational leadership meets once a week at the Grand Concourse on the South Side, said Jim Dittmar, a professor who is the department chairman in the Department of Leadership Studies.
Adult degree programs were started at Geneva in 1988 for people who had started bachelor's degrees but did not complete their course of study, Mr. Dittmar said. Fully online bachelor’s degree programs are available in organizational leadership, human resources and Christian ministry leadership. Classroom programs are available with majors in organizational development, human resources, human service and Christian ministry leadership.
Six of Geneva’s seven master’s programs are available to city employees at the discounted rate: business administration, counseling, higher education, organizational leadership, reading and special education.
For people who wonder what is entailed in the study of organizational leadership, Mr. Dittmar said “It’s a study of human behavior from a leadership prospective. ... what we study and what we apply in the people issues of organizations.”
Topics of study include communication, ethics, decision-making and organizational change.
About 1,000 students have earned master's degrees in organizational leadership since 1995, when the college started the program.