Employees at Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne will have access to professional development and educational opportunities as part of a new partnership with Trine University. (photo courtesy of Trine University)

Trine University is partnering with Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne to provide a wider range of professional development and educational opportunities for its employees, clients and volunteers. As part of TrineOnline’s education credit acceptance, the food bank will be eligible for up to 90 credits hours toward a bachelor’s degree program, including credit for their on-the-job training.

“Trine has been a fantastic partner to the food bank in both hunger relief and community outreach,” said Carmen Cumberland, Community Harvest president and chief executive officer. “They have partnered with us for our annual U Can Crush Hunger food drive, and this educational partnership will be another stepping stone in our mutual goal to strengthen the community.”

“Trine University is proud to partner with Community Harvest Food Bank and assist in its vital work of alleviating hunger in this region,” said Trine University President Dr. Earl Brooks. “We look forward to helping Community Harvest enhance the skills of its employees, clients and volunteers as they assist the organization in carrying out its mission. We also look forward to continued partnerships through student opportunities, campus programs and university events.”

Trine says Community Harvest will also be able to create customized courses, available online and on-site, as well as additional support to access grants and scholarships.

Community Harvest employees and their spouses will also receive a discount on tuition for undergraduate TrineOnline courses.