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Siena Heights Announces Partnership with Spectrum Health Lakeland

Siena Heights University and Spectrum Health Lakeland have announced a business partnership that will offer degree completion and other educational opportunities to Spectrum Health Lakeland employees.

“Siena Heights University has more than 40 years of experience educating working adult students,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “We are thrilled to partner with Spectrum Health Lakeland and look forward to a long and productive relationship that will ultimately benefit Spectrum Health Lakeland employees.”  

Spectrum Health Lakeland is a health system nationally recognized for delivering exemplary patient experiences and clinical outcomes. Spectrum Health Lakeland, which recently joined with Spectrum Health on Oct. 1, 2018, has more than 4,000 diverse and highly trained professionals providing excellent medical services at locations throughout southwest Michigan. The health system is Berrien County’s largest employer.

Under the partnership agreement, qualified Spectrum Health Lakeland employees will receive a tuition discount and will receive personalized advising and student success and career counseling from Siena Heights.

“Spectrum Health Lakeland is excited to partner with Siena Heights University. They offer a diverse portfolio of courses and optional degrees and will be a valuable addition to our affiliate group,” said Dr. Sandra Plank, Chief Learning Officer; Executive Director Lakeland University, Spectrum Health Lakeland.

SHU offers bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science, Accounting, Business Administration, Community and Human Services, Multidisciplinary Studies, Professional Communication and RN to BSN, with master’s degrees available in Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Health Care Leadership, Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Leadership, and Teacher Education.

For the second consecutive year, SHU’s Online Learning Program was ranked as the best in Michigan among all institutions by the U.S. News and World Report. Siena Heights also was ranked nationally for the fifth consecutive year, and finished tied for 23rd among all public and private institutions. It is SHU’s second straight top 25 national ranking. In fact, Siena Heights was the only Michigan college or university to rank in the top 50 nationally, and is in the top five in the Midwest region.

“We are proud of our nationally recognized Online Program,” said SHU Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies Dr. Cheri Betz. “Our programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students seeking to advance their careers by acquiring new skills and abilities needed for today’s workforce.”

Siena Heights may accept up to 90 college credits toward a bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited institutions. Credit is also awarded for military and workforce training, professional licenses and certifications.

Accelerated classes are offered every eight weeks, and Siena Heights offers open enrollment. There are also blended classes available at SHU’s degree completion centers in Michigan, including Benton Harbor, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

“We invite Spectrum Health Lakeland employees to learn about all the educational opportunities Siena Heights University is ready to provide with this partnership,” Dr. Betz said.

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