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Widener and Sussex Tech Expand Partnership to Offer Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership

Widener University and Sussex Technical School District, a public career and technical education school district in Georgetown, Del., are expanding their recently announced partnership to include the Widener doctoral degree program in K-12 Educational Leadership: School System Leadership beginning this fall.

The program gives individuals who have previously earned a master's degree the opportunity to transfer up to 24 credits towards the doctoral degree. All courses will be offered either online or through a blended model (online and in a classroom at Sussex Tech). Formal program approval from the Delaware Department of Education is anticipated in the near future.

"The doctoral program in K-12 Educational Leadership is one of the most highly regarded and recognized programs in the tri-state area," said Dr. Brenda Gilio, acting dean of the College of Education, Innovation and Continuing Studies at Widener. "It offers professionals an opportunity to reach the highest levels of leadership within the public education system."

Dr. Michael R. Owens, director of extended learning for the Sussex Technical School District, said the addition of the doctoral degree program to the partnership expands the educational opportunities available to residents of Sussex County and central Delaware from getting an early start on college to earning a terminal degree.

"Through their offering of a doctoral degree in educational leadership in Sussex County, Widener University has once again demonstrated their commitment to serving adults and students in the region," Owens said. "Sussex Technical school District is proud to partner with Widener University as we enhance access to quality educational opportunities for all Delawareans."

For more information on the doctoral program in K-12 Education Leadership, attend one of the information sessions at Sussex Tech at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 or Wednesday, April 17. To register for an information session, e-mail Dr. Michael Owens at Registrants will be notified of the meeting room for the information sessions.

In November, Widener and Sussex Tech announced a partnership to bring new higher education course offerings to high school students in Sussex County and central Delaware. The partnership gives students the opportunity to enroll in and complete college courses during their junior and senior years of high school.

Deemed the Early Career and College Partnership, this new collaboration will help address two key issues for today's high school students: college affordability and accessibility. It will allow students to complete significant credit hours at a reduced cost and encourage the pursuit of advanced certifications and degrees by giving them a "jump start."

Sussex Technical High School is a two-time Blue Ribbon National School of Excellence and provides a unique, focused, and rigorous educational program for each student. Sussex Tech Adult Division has been serving businesses and industries in the region for over 20 years and currently serves more than 3000 students. The High School and Extended Learning campus is located at 17099 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, Del. Mailing address is PO Box 351 Georgetown, De. 19947. Visit the district's website,, for information.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve approximately 6,500 students. Visit the university's website,, for more information.