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New Alliance Offers American Water Employees, Their Spouses and Dependents a Discount on Higher Education

Adelphi, Md. (April 9, 2018) — University of Maryland University College (UMUC) announced today that it has signed an agreement with American Water, the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company, to offer its members, their spouses and dependents more affordable options to complete degrees or pursue higher education at UMUC. Through this agreement, members, their spouses and dependents are eligible for a 25 percent discount on out-of-state tuition rates for most programs.

“We are pleased and excited to form this alliance with American Water,” said Blakely Pomietto, acting provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at UMUC. “The relationship can be a catalyst to a more educated workforce, which has real benefits for American Water and their employees, as well as for the local economies across the country where they live and work.”

Through the partnership, American Water employees, their spouses and dependents can take individual courses or enroll in any of UMUC’s 80-plus undergraduate and graduate degree or certificate programs, most of which are available fully online. Students enrolling in UMUC’s undergraduate school may transfer credits from other universities. They can also be awarded credit for prior learning if eligible under UMUC’s standard policies and procedures.

“We are excited to partner with UMUC to offer these unique benefits to our employees and their families,” said Melanie Kennedy, senior vice president, Human Resources.  “American Water is committed to supporting our employees’ professional and personal growth, and works hard to provide an environment where involved, valued and responsible employees can thrive.”

 About UMUC

University of Maryland University College (UMUC), headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, is the largest public, online university in the United States, serving 88,000 students and offering 95 certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs online and on-site. UMUC takes pride in its history of service to the military, currently enrolling an estimated 50,000 military service members, veterans, and their dependents. The university offers face-to-face instruction at 20 locations throughout Maryland and educational services in 28 countries and territories and more than 150 locations worldwide, including the Middle East. UMUC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland.

 About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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