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Partnerships forged with Raymond James, National Cryptological School and Upright Education

Key partnerships and the annual residency conference highlighted the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ 2021. 

Former NPR newscaster-turned-podcaster Guy Raz delivered the keynote at this year’s residency, held virtually for the second year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The partnerships, which opened new learning opportunities for professionals who are continuing schooling, changing careers (or both) were with Raymond James, a multinational investment bank and financial services company based in St. Petersburg, Florida; the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic School; and Upright Education, a Burlington, Vermont, company partnering with colleges and universities to prepare adults for the future of work.

Here’s a closer look at the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ year.

Raymond James partnership

Under a new partnership, financial advisers in Raymond James’ new Adviser Mastery Program will receive additional academic credits through Norwich University. 

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Advisers who complete new Adviser Mastery Program and licenses to practice will qualify for the equivalent of Norwich University’s graduate course in Investment Portfolio Management. (Photo courtesy Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.)

This partnership introduced the graduate-level Investment Management Professional Certificate, which explores how financial expertise helps companies reach goals and succeed. By completing the requirements for the two certificate courses, Raymond James Adviser Mastery Program students can also enter Norwich's online Master of Business Administration program with only four Norwich courses to complete and earn their MBA in one year. 

Raymond James acquisition team’s relationship with The Veteran Initiative enabled this partnership.

Partnership with National Cryptologic School

Norwich University and the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic School partnered to create pathways into Norwich’s online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, graduate-level certificate programs and Norwich Pro®’s continuing professional education programs.

Programs of interest for National Cryptologic School students include the online bachelor’s and master’s in criminal justice and cybersecurity degree programs. 

National Cryptologic School students using military tuition assistance receive a $250 per credit tuition discount toward an online bachelor’s degree program. All National Cryptologic School students receive a 15% discount toward an online master’s degree program or graduate-level certificate, or a 35% discount toward Norwich Pro’s continuing professional education certificate programs.

Partnership with Upright Education

Digital workforce accelerator Upright Education partnered with Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies to offer technology boot camps to fast-track adults into high-growth technology careers. 

Through this partnership, Norwich University Online will offer accelerated learning programs in software development (coding) and user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design (UX/UI). These boot camps aim to develop job-ready graduates by combining project-based learning with industry-specific career mentorship.

The outcomes have been stellar. The Software Development Bootcamp, for example, boasts a 91% job placement rate; most program graduates start their new career within 60 days of completing the course. 

Norwich University and Upright Education hope promoting professional certifications will ensure economic stability and growth with technology jobs forecast to increase from 41 million to 190 million by 2025. 

Residency

Three-hundred sixty-two students representing 13 online graduate programs participated in virtual capstone and culminating academic work, conferences, commencement and Academic Recognition Ceremonies at the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) annual Residency Conference June 21 to June 25. 

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In his June 23 Todd Lecture Series presentation, which doubled as the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Residency Conference’s keynote address, podcaster and former NPR newscaster Guy Raz discussed the sense of mission and persistence that feed entrepreneurial success. (Photo courtesy Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.)

Also, nearly 210 online bachelor’s degree students representing six bachelor’s degree completion programs received degrees in 2021. 

Although the Residency Conference is traditionally hosted at Norwich University’s Northfield, Vermont, campus, 2021’s version was held virtually for the second consecutive year because of the lingering coronavirus pandemic.

The Class of 2021 graduates included active-duty and veteran military personnel, health care professionals, law enforcement officers, special agents, entrepreneurs and educators.

2021 Residency by the numbers:

  • 362 graduate students representing all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and four international countries: Canada, Czech Republic, Peru and Saudi Arabia.
  • 43% of the graduating class has served or is serving in the military.
  • 15% of students have more than one degree from Norwich University; 12 are legacy students with Norwich alumni family members.

Raz, the radio and podcast personality, delivered this year’s Residency keynote presentation as part of the Norwich University Todd Lecture Series. Raz, who co-created (and once hosted) “The TED Radio Hour” and created (and hosts) “How I Built This,” shared in-depth knowledge of entrepreneurship gained from interviewing some of the world’s top innovators.

At the graduate school’s virtual 2021 Commencement ceremony, Christopher P. Costa ’84 , a retired U.S. Army colonel, spoke. Costa was special assistant to the president and senior director for counterterrorism on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2018.


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