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Strategic Partnerships

Building Partnerships That Change Lives

WGU works with businesses, organizations, associations, and others to provide education solutions that support workforce development and education attainment. The Partnerships team at WGU works with 300+ partners to provide education pathways that improve skills while not taking employees away from their current careers. 

Partner with WGU

Our online programs and low cost make us a perfect partner in helping your people rise to the next level.

Upskilling Workforces

Here at WGU, our partnerships are aimed at helping organizations upskill their workforces. We want to help companies take their current employees and give them the training and credentials they need to move up in their field. Organizations who can offer educational opportunities to their employees see improved morale, lower turnover, and more. This is because employees know that their organization truly cares about their growth and progress in their career. Partnering with WGU helps companies offer more to their employees, benefiting both the organization and the individuals.

“I’m impressed by the results in places like Western Governors University. Its low-cost online programs rely on competency-based progression, not class time or credit hours. It uses external assessments to evaluate student proficiency.”

Bill Gates

“Why American Colleges Have to Change”

"WGU gives students the ability to really assemble the complete package, from the subject matter to the specific skills to the certification that gives employers confidence when they're making a hiring decision."

Brad Smith

President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

“What we need are people who are truly versatile, able to learn efficiently and effectively. ... Those are the kind of people [who] represent graduates of Western Governors University.”

John Steele
Senior Vice President of Human Relations
HCA Healthcare

"Businesses need workers who are ready to hit the ground running in their chosen fields. WGU graduates arrive on the job with the skills they need. Thanks to WGU, employers have top-flight workers ready to rise to any challenge."

Lydia Nesbitt-Arronte
Borderplex Economic Alliance, El Paso, Texas

Employers Love WGU Grads

Prepared for Success on the Job

*From a 2022 Harris Poll of 300 employers of WGU graduates.

97% of employers said that WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.*

95% of employers said that they would hire another WGU grad.*

99% of employers said WGU graduates met or exceeded expectations.*

WGU's Graduates Work in Top Companies

As self-reported by alums when joining the WGU Alumni Network, these organizations represent just a few of the thousands of employers that have had WGU grads in their ranks: