KENT, Wash., Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a continuing effort to increase access to high-quality college education for working adults in Washington state, WGU Washington announced today a strategic partnership with Capital Region Educational Service District 113 (ESD 113). The partnership includes an agreement to jointly increase awareness of the nonprofit, online university and provide dedicated benefits to employees of ESD 113's 44 school districts in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Thurston Counties.
WGU Washington now has partnerships with all nine educational service districts across the state, and every employee of a K-12 institution in Washington - including teachers, paraeducators, administrators and support staff - is eligible for tuition discounts, fee waivers and exclusive scholarship opportunities from the university. "Educational service districts help support the professional development of educators and, in turn, expand opportunities for improved student outcomes," said Dana Anderson, superintendent of ESD 113. "Our partnership with WGU Washington is aligned with this mission and provides diverse learning experiences for educators within our region. I am pleased the Capital Region ESD 113 - which covers 171 public schools and 27 state-approved private schools - is engaged in this opportunity to ensure the educators we serve remain among the best in the state." WGU Washington's Teachers College was named the "best value" in teacher education in 2015 by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). The college rated higher than 1,100 other education programs and schools across the nation. The NCTQ scored the online, competency-based university better on a combination of factors, including quality, affordability and how well the school prepares future teachers for the realities of the classroom.