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Educational partnership between Caldwell University and Kearny Bank

January 22, 2020

Tuition discounts, internship opportunities

It’s the classic win-win arrangement – an educational partnership featuring a local university providing discounted tuitions to employees of an area corporation.

Caldwell-based Caldwell University is collaborating with Fairfield-based Kearny Bank on a multi-faceted program. Specifically, Kearny Bank employees and family members will receive a 25% discount when taking Caldwell University classes. The program covers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

The value of such a partnership is close to the heart of Kearny Bank Human Resources Administrator Patricia Albert. 

“I joined Kearny Bank in 2005 as a teller, and by 2015 I decided I wanted to continue my education,” says Albert, who resides in Wood-Ridge. “I missed going to school, and felt ready for a new challenge. The bank had a program in place then that would give me a 20% tuition discount, plus a $5,000 annual reimbursement for education costs – so I decided to go for it and complete my master’s degree online.”

Ultimately, the entire process took Albert only about one year.

“I earned my degree in Human Resource Management, which is a perfect complement to my psychology bachelor’s. Within a few months, I began working in our corporate human resources department, and I love what I’m doing. I’m really appreciative of the opportunities Kearny Bank has provided to me, and the experiences it has made possible.”

As was the case in 2015, when Albert began pursuing her master’s degree, Kearny Bank will reimburse any employee up to $5,000 per year for costs associated with furthering their education.

 “We’re committed to providing all Kearny Bank employees an opportunity to enhance their careers through acquisition of knowledge,” explains Kimberly Manfredo, Kearny Bank’s Senior VP/Director of Human Resources. “That’s what inspired our collaboration with Caldwell University. For employees wishing to continue their educations, this partnership is a chance to achieve something that may previously have seemed beyond reach.”

Under the partnership, qualifying Caldwell University students are eligible for internships based at Kearny Bank’s corporate office in Fairfield.

“We are delighted that forward-thinking businesses like Kearny Bank have an appreciation for investing in continuing education and training,” says Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner. “We welcome the new students to our Caldwell University family."

Caldwell University is only about a three-mile-drive from Kearny Bank’s corporate office.

About Caldwell University
Caldwell University is a private, Catholic coed four-year university with a strong liberal arts core curriculum that enhances critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Caldwell offers 31 undergraduate and 31 graduate programs, including doctoral, master’s, certificate and certification programs, as well as online and distance learning options that prepare students for today’s global marketplace. The university has 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports programs and a football program that is a member of the Collegiate Sprint Football League.  Caldwell offers numerous clubs, fraternities, sororities and activities. It is located on a beautiful 70-acre campus in suburban Caldwell, New Jersey.

Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. Its core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence influence academic and campus life. For more information about Caldwell University, visit  

About Kearny Bank

Seamlessly melding the finest traditions of community banking with state-of-the-industry capabilities, Kearny Bank provides a range of progressive offerings to its personal and business banking clients. Established in 1884, and operating now from administrative headquarters in Fairfield, NJ, Kearny Bank is steadily expanding its footprint throughout New Jersey, as well as New York City’s Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs. Additional details are available online at; an overview video can be viewed at

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