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Brandman Partners with OC’s Premier Companies

December 21, 2011 by Social Team

Brandman University Announces MBA Scholarship for Employees Who Demonstrate Leadership Potential

IRVINE, Calif. (December 21, 2011) – Brandman University recently launched their Premier Partnership Program, a Masters in Business Administration degree (MBA) scholarship program developed to stimulate education and economic well being in our local community.  This scholarship from Brandman University establishes a strategic collaboration to deliver on ground and online MBA curriculum to employees at some of Orange County’s most innovative and trend-setting companies.

The participating organizations include ABM Engineering Services, Allergan, Inc., AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Blizzard Entertainment Inc., Cox Communications, Kawasaki Motor Corp. U.S.A., Kia Motors America, Inc., Oakley, Inc., and Pacific Clinics. Each company selected scholarship recipients from among their employees. The takeaway is evident in numerous studies showing that employee retention remains higher when the organization invests in its leadership’s education.

“By working with the organization’s leadership team, Brandman University recognizes the visionary insights that identify the immediate and long term impact the program has on workforce development and sustainability while helping the community thrive,” said Dr. Shelly Neal, Associate Vice Chancellor,  Strategic Business Development, Brandman University.

“I chose to partner ABM Engineering Services with Brandman University’s MBA program because I was impressed by their creative approach to day to day business as well as ‘back of the house operations,’ such as accounting, sales and marketing,” said Mike Latham, President of ABM Engineering Services. “Professor Helen Eckmann’s entrepreneurial spirit and Brandman University’s connection to Chapman University and their outstanding reputation made the program an ideal fit for our organization.”

One of the most exciting and innovative aspects of Brandman University’s Premier Partnership Program is that students learn the MBA programming in a cohort model, which means they move from course to course as a collective group. Throughout the program, students from a wide range of industries will have the opportunity to witness how business tools and techniques can be applied in a variety of ways, whether that is in apparel, gaming software or healthcare. The Brandman cohort model presents students with the advantage of building strong business ties, collaboration opportunities and networking relationships from diverse business environments.

Students enrolled in the Premier Partnership Program engage in Brandman’s practice oriented curriculum called iDEAL, a blended format of online and on campus classes. The material they learn is focused on key aspects of the business world identified by current business leaders in the field and benchmarked by cutting edge business degree programs throughout the country. Hands on learning exercises reinforce the concepts and prepare the upcoming business leaders to approach their work challenges with innovation and creativity. Classes meet weekly and virtual teamwork reinforces classroom instruction with online MBA programming. The students can literally apply the theories they learn on a Monday evening the very next day at work.

Brandman University’s newest MBA students are quite engaged in the course and show enthusiasm for what lay ahead. “In only one month in Brandman University’s MBA program, I have already gained insight that is helping me ‘see around corners’ to evaluate each situation with more imagination,” said Curtis Van Buskirk, District Manager – Strategic Accounts, ABM Engineering Services. “After six years at this job, some responses have been more reactive than proactive. Through this program, I have discovered many different ways to approach a problem. I am looking forward to deepening my levels of expertise and bringing many tangible solutions and tactics back to the company.”

Brandman University has a long history of providing quality education to teachers and military students. With more than 50 years of success in these fields, Brandman is now moving into the business sector to accelerate workforce development at top speed.

“Our prominent alumni from military and education have reached national recognition,” said Gary Brahm, Chancellor, CEO, Brandman University. “Now with burgeoning MBA programs, I expect our business students to achieve the same level of distinction.  That is why the Premier Partnership Program we have launched with these extraordinary companies is so important.  Students from some of the most successful companies in Orange County will take classes together throughout their program that will build bonds between the future movers and shakers of Orange County. There is no doubt that, in the near future, this group of students will distinguish themselves and Brandman University.”

For more information about Brandman University’s Premier Partner Program, visit their Premier Partners page or call Matt Venegas, Outreach Program Manager at (949) 341-9980.



About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at 26 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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