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Columbia College and FHN are proud to announce a new partnership.

Columbia College of Missouri and FHN, a leader in the healthcare industry in northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin, recently announced a partnership offering a discounted tuition rate to all of FHN’s 1,200 employees.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with FHN and provide a quality educational experience for its employees,” said Bryan McCarthy, Director of Recruiting and Partnerships for Columbia College.

With regional healthcare centers located in five counties in northwest Illinois, FHN Memorial Hospital is based in Freeport, Illinois, which is also the home of one of Columbia College’s locations nationwide. This partnership will work in concert with FHN’s tuition assistance program, which provides funding for both full-time and part-time employees to explore educational opportunities.

“We are excited about this partnership as we are always looking for opportunities for growth and development of our team members,” said Karen Kryder, Innovative Learning Business Partner for FHN. “It is wonderful that we are able to partner with Columbia College as they are in our community and support our service area.”

Columbia College offers six class sessions lasting eight weeks each, allowing students to complete their degree quickly. Students can earn an associate degree in 20 months, a bachelor’s degree in 3.5 years, and a master’s degree in just 12 months.  The college is very transfer-friendly, which may allow a student to graduate even earlier if they have previously attended an accredited college or university.

Students who take classes online or at one of the college’s locations nationwide (including four locations in the state of Illinois) will also have access to the Truition® program, which offers a transparent look at the cost of college by eliminating all fees and providing books at no cost.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,200 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 19 locations. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 165 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. The college, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, has more than 30 locations and offers day, evening and online classes. Columbia College educates more than 18,000 students each year and has more than 91,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit