Luxottica Optical, World’s Largest Eyewear Company, Establishes New Education Alliance with UMUC

Two-year alliance offers Luxottica employees and their family members access to UMUC’s diverse curriculum and discounts on out-of-state tuition

By Ashley Boarman ( |   October 11, 2012

Adelphi, Md. (October 11, 2012)—UMUC announced today that it has signed an agreement with Luxottica, the world’s largest eyewear company, to offer postsecondary education opportunities to its employees and their spouses and dependents. The two-year agreement will start initially with associates within the Luxottica Optical Manufacturing division offering them opportunities to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree—a requirement for entering the company’s management roles.

“We are pleased to join with Luxottica to help strengthen its workforce while providing its employees and their families with educational opportunities that can help bring their professional and academic goals within reach,” said UMUC Acting Provost Marie Cini. “UMUC’s strong online curriculum, track record of serving a variety of corporate partners and proven approach to assessing and granting credit for prior learning makes this a perfect fit, and we look forward to this opportunity to serve Luxottica’s education needs.”

Under the agreement, Luxottica employees, their spouses and dependents can take individual courses or enroll in any of UMUC’s more than 95 undergraduate and graduate programs, most of which are available fully online. Students enrolling in UMUC’s Undergraduate School may transfer credits and/or be awarded credit for prior learning if eligible under UMUC’s standard policies and procedures. Program participants who don’t already qualify for UMUC’s in-state tuition rates may also be eligible for a significant discount on out-of-state rates.

“Here at Luxottica, we are dedicated to supporting the ongoing growth of all our associates,” said Judith W. Henry, Regional Learning Specialist of Luxottica’s Talent Management Team. “Our alliance with UMUC will provide our associates an opportunity to further their education through a highly respected university. UMUC’s reputation of educational rigor, combined with the flexibility so important for our associates, makes this an ideal collaboration.”