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Extra Space Storage & Western Governors University Announce Partnership

Extra Space Storage is proud to announce a new partnership with Western Governors University (WGU) in which employees of the self storage company can earn their degrees with almost no out-of-pocket costs, thanks to a new employee education program designed by WGU.

Employees of Extra Space Storage who are accepted into WGU can utilize the college’s online competency-based and mentor-supported programs to fit their higher education goals into work-life schedules. Extra Space Storage and WGU are also offering a joint scholarship up to $2,500 a year to provide employees with access to the College of Business and College of IT degree programs.

As one of Utah’s Best Companies to Work For and one of America’s Best Midsize Employers, Extra Space Storage strives to foster a workplace where employees are provided with support both professionally and personally, which is why we continue to look for opportunities to help our team develop their skills.

“Extra Space Storage is committed to the success of our employees,” said Clint Halverson, Vice President of People at Extra Space Storage. “We want team members to bring passion, innovation, and excellence to work every day to help our customers to a better tomorrow. Our employees can only be their best if they personally reach that better tomorrow. We are excited for this new partnership because WGU does education differently. It is this innovative attitude that makes them an excellent partner for Extra Space Storage. Their unique and individually customized approach to learning will be a huge asset as Extra Space employees strive to be their personal best.”

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Western Governors University is a nonprofit accredited school known for their student-centric learning environment, flexible class schedules, and competency-based education tailored to the busy adult student of the 21st Century. WGU’s commitment to helping students find meaningful careers and opportunities is what made them a natural partner for Extra Space Storage.

“Earning my degree through Western Governors University was one of the best career decisions I’ve made,” said Lainie Ottley, Payroll Supervisor with Extra Space Storage and WGU alumna. “I needed something that I could schedule around my job and family and wanted to feel like I worked hard and earned a degree. WGU delivered! Many of the courses were incredibly challenging, but I got through them with perseverance and the help of course and student mentors. My work experience and prior knowledge allowed me to get through other classes quickly and easily. The time and effort were definitely worth it because earning a degree has already allowed me to advance my career at Extra Space.”

We believe this new partnership with WGU will yield greater employee satisfaction and add value to our company through developing top talent. Learn more about the program here.

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