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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Albany, N.Y.-based Excelsior College, a private, nonprofit institution of higher learning that specializes in distance education, has evaluated Price Chopper's internal corporate training for college credit as a way to help the grocer's associates begin earning bachelor's degrees.
The evaluation marks the first time Excelsior has assessed courses developed by a supermarket, although it has recently evaluated courses taught by trade associations, police/corrections academies, and corporate training programs to identify college-level learning.
"Price Chopper is a progressive company that has offered excellent corporate training for some time," said Excelsior College president John Ebersole in a statement. "Their dedication to employee development is laudable. The company's participation in the creation of a formal program of study that accepts college-level training for credit puts an undergraduate degree within reach for many more Price Chopper employees."
Excelsior has identified 16 college credits across the Price Chopper training program. The credits are in different topic areas, with the typical employee likely to transfer up to six college credits. These credits can be applied toward a bachelor's degree in business at Excelsior.
The college already accepts credit from Hudson Valley Community College's programs toward bachelor's degrees. Hudson Valley offers both a 32-credit certificate and a 63-credit business administration associate degree in supermarket management and operations, programs created in collaboration with the grocer.
The Hudson Valley associate degree in business and Excelsior's programs of study are offered through distance learning, making them available to employees throughout the company's market area. The retailer reimburses tuition based on the academic achievement of the student.
Price Chopper has more than 8,000 full-time employees across New York, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania eligible to part in these programs.
"As a company that builds careers in a variety of disciplines, from accounting and advertising to management, purchasing, and distribution, we value the opportunity to collaborate in crafting a specialized curriculum focused on the dynamic and multi-faceted business of supermarketing," noted Mona Golub, v.p. public relations and consumer services for Price Chopper.
The family-owned Golub Corp. here owns and operates more than 100 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Golub's approximately 25,000 associates collectively own 54 percent of the company's privately held stock.