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July 22, 2004   Email to Friend 

HUNTINGDON AND ALFA FORM FIRST CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
July 22, 2004

Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West, left, and Alfa Insurance Co. President Jerry Newby discuss the new corporate partnership outside of the historic college.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West and Alfa Insurance Co. President Jerry Newby began a new partnership today that could mean thousands of dollars in college tuition savings for Alfa employees and their dependents who attend Huntingdon. West and Newby met to formally begin the new Corporate Partnership Program today in the president's office at Huntingdon College.

Alfa is the first corporate partner to announce its intention to be part of the program, which was conceived and initiated by Huntingdon College.

"Huntingdon College is one of Alabama's oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education, and Alfa is one of Alabama's most distinguished corporate leaders. This partnership represents another dimension of a long-term relationship between these two outstanding organizations," said West.

As part of the program, Alfa employees and their legal dependents may be afforded a half-tuition Corporate Partner Scholarship to the College's traditional full-time day bachelor's degree program. The tuition reduction in this program is in addition to federal, state or other non-Huntingdon tuition assistance received. The partnership begins with the fall 2004 semester. At present, the annual cost of tuition at Huntingdon is $15,260. After a Corporate Partner Scholarship is awarded to an Alfa Corporate Partner student, the cost of tuition would be $7,630 (2004/2005). Currently, Huntingdon students are provided a laptop computer and opportunities for international travel during the junior or senior year as part of tuition; this benefit would extend to Corporate Partner students as well for the 2004-2005 academic year.

"We initiated this program for two reasons," said Dr. Terry Haines, Huntingdon vice president for extended education. "First, to extend the benefits of an excellent private liberal arts education to leading members of our corporate community. Second, to ensure that Huntingdon College is effectively serving our corporate community."

"Alfa employees will also be made aware of our new Accelerated Bachelor's Degree Completion Program, which is part of our School for Professional Studies," said Haines. "This program is designed for working professionals who wish to complete their bachelor's degrees while continuing to work during the day. It's convenient, affordable, and requires a time commitment of only one night a week."

In this program, an adult who has completed approximately one year of full-time college credit may attend classes one night a week to complete a bachelor's degree in business administration. Individual courses are completed in five weeks. The Huntingdon Accelerated Bachelor's Degree program is offered in three locations: on the College's main campus in Montgomery; at Enterprise-Ozark Community College in Enterprise; and at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham.

A representative from Alfa Insurance Co. will sit on the Advisory Board for the Huntingdon College School for Professional Studies as part of the Corporate Partnership Agreement, and Alfa will provide internship opportunities to Huntingdon Business Administration students.

"We are privileged to be a partner with Huntingdon in offering this outstanding tuition savings to our employees and their dependents," said Newby. "We are pleased to send a representative of our company to serve on the Corporate Advisory Board for the Huntingdon College School for Professional Studies. Alfa also will offer a limited number of internships to Huntingdon students who wish to gain experience in business prior to graduation."

Huntingdon College is a private liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1854, the College is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

For more information about the Corporate Partnership Program, contact Dr. Terry Haines at (334) 833-4402.


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