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Discounted classes offered at Troy University

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -

There are hundreds of jobs available in Dothan, according to the Dothan Chamber of Commerce, but filling them has proved challenging.  

"We have jobs here in town that are open. We don't have the workforce that's qualified for that position," said Hayden Camp, Membership Director.

An education partnership between the Dothan Chamber of Commerce and Troy University hopes to bridge that gap.

"The primary goal of the partnership is to sustain growth and really build our workforce in Dothan, whether that be keeping people in the jobs they have or grow their education," said Camp.

Business with the Chamber of Commerce and employees have access to discounted classes at Troy University. The Chamber of Commerce partners with over 1,000 businesses and officials with Troy University and said that reach was an appealing factor in creating this partnership.

"The Chamber was our number one goal because they have so many businesses that are members of the chamber. We felt like that's the largest way to give back to the community," said Tara Ryals, Director of Enrollment.

With this program, students can have their application fee waived, 10 percent off their tuition, and access to scholarship money through Troy University's Corporate Achiever Scholarship. Through that scholarship, students can get up to four free undergraduate classes and three free classes for those in the graduate program.

"Tuition is roughly 2,500 to 3,000 dollars a semester. They're saving 300 dollars for undergraduate and close to 400 dollars at the graduate level. You're looking at saving about 1,000 dollars a year," said Ryals.

The only requirements are that the student's employer is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the students work full-time at the company and this is their first time enrolling at Troy University. The program started in 2014 and about 300 people have benefited from the program, according to Ryals.

Students can study any degree field and can take classes at any Troy campus or online. If you are interested in signing up for the program, contact Tara Ryals at 334-983-6556 ext. 1205 or tryals12485@troy.edu.

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