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City of Goodyear, Arizona

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For Immediate Release: Oct. 30, 2007


Goodyear wins Westmarc’s Best of the West award for Higher Education


GOODYEAR, AZ Goodyear received Westmarc’s Best of the West award for Higher Education.


During the 15th Annual Best of the West dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 25 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa, Westmarc honored Goodyear for its strategy in recruiting private institutions of higher learning to the city. Mayor James Cavanaugh accepted the award on behalf of the city.


In 2006, Goodyear began courting higher educational institutions and promoting current and future opportunities in the rapidly growing city. Goodyear’s aggressive, innovative efforts yielded commitments from three private colleges: Franklin Pierce University of New Hampshire, San Antonio's University of the Incarnate Word and Illinois' University of St. Francis.


University of the Incarnate Word began offering Bachelor’s degree classes this fall at Desert Edge High School, and plans to expand to a permanent location in the future.


Franklin Pierce University began offering online classes this fall for undergraduate degree programs, including MBA and Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees.


Also beginning this fall, the University of St. Francis is offering online college courses.


Other recipients of Westmarc’s Higher Education Awards included ASU’s College of Teacher Education Program and Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center.


Westmarc, which stands for Western Maricopa Coalition, is a consortium of 15 West Valley cities. The annual Best of the West event honors people, programs and places that promote quality of life and economic development in the West Valley.




Westmarc Best of West award, higher ed 10-30-07 



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