May 07, 2015

The Kreick Family of Nashua creates a lasting legacy for adult learners at Rivier University

NASHUA, N.H.  Rivier University will launch a three-pronged, transformational strategy to enhance programs for continuing education of the adult learner. Made possible through a generous donation from the Kreick family, longtime Nashua residents and Rivier benefactors, the Kreick Family Scholars program will assist adult learners who wish to complete their bachelor’s degrees at Rivier University.

The program will support Rivier University’s continuing education of adult learners through:

Scholarships—The Kreick Family Scholarship will provide tuition aid for returning adults to pursue their bachelor’s degrees.

Research—The University has partnered with the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL) for data collection and analysis, leading to a focused strategy on recruitment of adult learners and best practices to support their success. The organization also facilitates credit for life experience, which enables students to earn college credit for the knowledge and skills they’ve learned through work experience.

Technology Resources—Self-assessment and career development opportunities for adult learners.

The Kreick family has had a long and committed relationship with the University. The program was inspired by Carol Kreick, who attended Rivier as a young mother to complete her bachelor’s degree in 1979 and a master’s in psychology in 1984.

Dr. John Kreick, former president of Sanders Associates (now BAE), served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2010. He is credited with instituting policies that established a foundation for the institution’s financial vitality, which remains in place today. Bradley Kreick followed his father’s leadership and joined the Board of Trustees in 2010, providing wise counsel in finance and investment policy.

“Understanding the challenges of adult learners and the significant benefits of degree completion, the Kreick family has generously chosen to continue their legacy of support to Rivier and the local community with the creation of this program,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President.

According to research from the College Board, individuals with a bachelor’s degree report better employment levels, social mobility, health insurance coverage and healthy behaviors, and a longer life expectancy than non-degreed individuals. This program addresses a critical need in New Hampshire, where it is estimated that more than 19% or 140,000 residents have earned some college credit, but not completed a degree.

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