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Oregon State Working With Guild to Expand Access to Online Degrees

A sign on the Oregon State University campus.
Oregon State University. Photo: OSU Media Center

Oregon State University (OSU) has enlisted the help of Guild Education to make its online programs more accessible to adult workers. 

In a news release, OSU explained that the agreement will create “a direct and affordable pathway” for workers to receive an online education curated by the university.

“Working adults have a desire to pursue flexible learning opportunities that will help them advance their careers, and Oregon State University is proud to help them do so online. We’re eager to work alongside Guild to provide innovative educational solutions for America’s workforce,” said OSU Ecampus Associate Provost Lisa Templeton.

Through its Learning Marketplace, Guild will help employees connect with institutions to advance their education while employers cover full or partial tuition costs. 

“Oregon State’s innovative online degree and certificate programs strategically align with the needs of working adult learners and support pathways to advancement,” said Paul Freedman, the Learning Marketplace President at Guild Education. 

“We were particularly drawn to Oregon State’s commitment to our nation’s veterans and Indigenous peoples, and we are honored to have them join our Learning Marketplace,” he added.

Supporting Adult Students

Several companies have announced educational programs to assist workers in earning online degrees and certifications.

Earlier this year, Chipotle announced its partnership with Guild to offer debt-free programs in agriculture, culinary arts, and hospitality to its employees. 

Walmart also established the Live Better U program to pay full tuition and textbook costs for employees at select colleges to improve retention and recruitment.

Just this week, Target also offered its full-time and part-time employees the opportunity to earn undergraduate degrees at no additional expense with the help of Guild.