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Siena Heights Announces Business Partnership

Allyson Bakewell (at left) of Ciena Healthcare Management and Laurel Health Care Company and Siena Heights University Dean for Graduate and Professional Programs Dr. Cheri Betz sign a business partnership Feb. 14, 2020, that will offer degree completion and other educational opportunities to Ciena and Laurel employees.


Siena Heights University and Ciena Healthcare Management and Laurel Health Care Company have announced a business partnership that will offer degree completion and other educational opportunities to Ciena and Laurel 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 Ciena Healthcare Management and Laurel Health Care Company and look forward to a long and productive relationship that will ultimately benefit their employees.”  

Based in Southfield, Mich., Ciena Healthcare Management has more than 5,000 employees in 39 skilled nursing facilities in Michigan, and Laurel Health Care has 40 facilities in several states, with around 5,000 employees. Ciena and Laurel are innovators and providers of skilled nursing and rehabilitation care services.

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

“We are pleased to partner with Siena Heights University in supporting our employees to further their education,” said Ciena and Laurel representative Allyson Bakewell.

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, Nursing and Organizational Leadership and Teacher Education.

For the fourth 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 seventh consecutive year, and finished tied for 33rd among all public and private institutions.

Siena Heights was also ranked third nationally in student engagement in the U.S. News and World Report’s methodology. SHU also had the fourth highest faculty credentials and training rank in the nation, according to the publication. 

“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 seven weeks, and Siena Heights offers open enrollment. There are also blended classes available at SHU’s degree completion centers in Michigan.

“We invite Ciena and Laurel 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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