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Post University adds Firstlight to Partners in Education program to provide employees access to higher education

WATERBURY, Conn. (October 14, 2009) – As a new participant in Post University’s Partners in Education Program, FirstLight Power Resources (FirstLight) of Hartford will be able to offer its employees access to quality undergraduate higher education at a reduced tuition rate.

Under the agreement, Post University will offer a tuition grant to employees of FirstLight who want to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree by enrolling in one of the university’s Accelerated Degree Programs.  Employees also will have the option of enrolling in a Post University master’s degree program. FirstLight already offers employees tuition reimbursement, making the path to a degree even more affordable.                               
“At FirstLight we constantly look at avenues for employees to take that will enrich their lives and careers through professional development,” said Gene Smith, Vice President of Human Resources at FirstLight, a subsidiary GDF SUEZ Energy North America. “This program is another way to provide employees with a variety of educational resources that will help them enhance and sharpen their skills, affording them the chance to expand their career opportunities.”

Employees will have the option of taking courses at one of the university’s regional locations or completely online.  They can earn a Master’s Degree in as little as 14 months, and a Bachelor’s Degree in as little as 18 months.  FirstLight employees also will receive college credit for select corporate education and training courses, as well as for courses taken at other accredited colleges or universities.

“We are delighted that FirstLight Power Resources has joined our growing Partners in Education program to provide their employees a flexible, convenient and affordable way to earn a college degree,” said Frank Mulgrew, president of Post University Online.  “We’ve had tremendous success with this program because it gives working adults the opportunity to not only earn a degree, but immediately improve their workforce skills.”

FirstLight Power Resources is headquartered in downtown Hartford, CT.  The company owns, operates, or managers a diverse portfolio of predominantly hydro-electric generation facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

Founded in 1890, Post University is a student-focused, career-driven university.  Located in Waterbury, Conn., Post University provides a wide array of degree programs for on-campus and online students of all ages. It is known for its quality, career-driven academic programs, small classes, national award-winning student activities, and competitive NCAA Division II athletics.  In 2009, it was voted “Best of Waterbury” by the U.S. Commerce Association, and its Online MBA Degree Program received a Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Silver Innovation Prize.  Also in 2009, it extended its commitment to serving members of the military by becoming a “Yellow Ribbon” University.  Its nearly 4,000 full- and part-time students come from the United States and abroad, and are supported by faculty whose mission is to prepare students to compete and succeed in today’s global workplace.  To learn more about Post University, visit or call 800-345-2562.