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WGU North Carolina Offers $500,000 in Scholarships to Mako Medical Employees

RALEIGH, N.C., April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of the national online nonprofit Western Governors University, has signed a partnership agreement with Mako Medical Laboratories that will help Mako employees advance their professional development and personal education goals through scholarship opportunities with degrees in business, IT or healthcare. As an organization known for only employing veterans for many of their positions, and in alignment with WGU North Carolina's outreach to the military community, Mako Medical supports military veterans in their pursuit of meaningful employment and career success. 

All employees of Mako Medical will be eligible to apply for special Bridge to Success Scholarships from a dedicated fund of $500,000 just for them. A designated WGU scholarship team member will work one-on-one with each employee to help them through the financial aid process to ensure they are maximizing all grant options available, and then help them apply for last-dollar funds to make it possible to earn their degree debt-free.

Additionally, employees will receive an application fee waiver code, and have access to WGU career services resources and onsite events such as lunch-and-learn sessions.

WGU is an accredited online university offering more than 60 bachelor's and master's degree programs in healthcare, IT, business and K-12 education. The university has more than 114,000 students enrolled nationwide, including more than 3,100 in North Carolina. Tuition is around $3,225 per six-month term for most degree programs.

"Mako Medical has been named the fastest growing company in the Triangle for three years running," said WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt. "As the company continues to achieve unprecedented growth, we look forward to helping its employees achieve success through a competency-based education model that is flexible, affordable and conducive to the needs of working adults."

"Our company is proud to hire a large number of veterans who have the desire and discipline to improve their knowledge and skills while serving our overall mission of providing industry-leading laboratory services to patients and healthcare professionals," said Chad Price, founder and CEO of Mako Medical. "This partnership with WGU North Carolina will allow our employees to apply for scholarships at a student-centered university with a proven model that recognizes their existing knowledge and fosters accelerated learning."

For more information about WGU North Carolina, visit www.wgu.edu/north-carolina.html. To learn more about Mako Medical, visit www.makomedical.com

About WGU North Carolina
WGU North Carolina is an online competency-based university established to expand access to higher education for North Carolina residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. Degrees are granted under the accreditation of WGU, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is located at 655 K St., NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Learn more at http://northcarolina.wgu.edu

About Mako Medical Laboratories
Mako Medical Laboratories has quickly become one of the most desired laboratories in the United States. Winning over 12 major awards—it has become a diagnostic partner for businesses, physicians, urgent care facilities, and many hospitals around the United States. Mako Medical Laboratories has recruited the top Ph.Ds., chemists, and scientists to provide industry-leading innovation. Mako Medical Laboratories has developed many custom and proprietary tests and uses robotics/automation to improve precision and accuracy. They have won awards for growth, innovation, best places to work, charitable work, and from the Department of Labor for employing military veterans. Mako is also known for supporting over 470 nonprofits and charities, and many international causes. For more information, visit www.makomedical.com.

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