Strategic Partnerships

Buena Vista University creates mutually beneficial partnerships with employers to strengthen their current employee benefits package, at no cost to the employer. We transform our communities by increasing access to higher education and lowering the overall cost of attendance through employer partner grant funding opportunities. Partner with us to train and upskill your employees and utilize us as a tool in your employee recruitment and retention efforts! 

Inquire about a BVU educational partnership and learn about the benefits to you, your employees, and their families.


Online information sessions: learn about the many opportunities and programs we offer to employees, spouses or domestic partners, and dependents of our Strategic Partners. These convenient sessions are free to attend. Learn more and register

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Educational Partnerships

For our current partners: Are you an employee, spouse/domestic partner, or dependent of an employee associated with one of our partner organizations? We invite you to explore majors, apply to Buena Vista University, and lower your overall tuition costs.

Current Partners

Ag Partners LLC
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center
Chamber and Development Council of Crawford County
Community First Credit Union
Council Bluffs Community School District
Fareway Meat and Grocery
Opportunity Living
Mary J. Treglia Community House
Newell-Fonda School District
Opportunity Living
Ottumwa Community School District
Pro Cooperative
Opportunity Living
Sioux Central School District
St. Malachy Schools
Storm Lake Community School District
St. Mary's Storm Lake
UnityPoint Health
Wellman Dynamics

Future Partners

Partner with Buena Vista University and offer educational benefits to complement your current employee benefits package.  

Offer benefits to your employees and their families:

  • Exclusive partner grants to lower the overall cost of tuition for online/hybrid undergraduate programs and our Organizational Leadership online graduate program
  • Exclusive annual partner grants to lower the overall cost to attend our BVU Storm Lake main campus
  • Continuing education, training, and workshops 

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Professional Development

At Buena Vista University, we are committed to your lifelong learning and success. We offer a variety of topics to satisfy your professional development and continuing education needs.

  • Explore professional development opportunities offered by BVU School of Education

Explore degrees at Buena Vista University! Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

Our Partnerships at Work

Fareway Stores, Inc. and BVU join together as strategic partners to offer discounted tuition.

BVU, Fareway Empower Workforce Through Strategic Partnership

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Dr. Brian Lenzmeier stands with Dr. Rob Colerick, BVRMC's CEO

BVU Adds Strategic Partner in Buena Vista Regional Medical Center

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Chris Cosgrove, Pro Cooperative Vice President of Operations

Strategic Partnership Boosts Pro Cooperative, BVU

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Ottumwa Community School District

Strategic Partnership Links BVU, Ottumwa Community Schools

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Community College Partnerships

Buena Vista University has a 40+ year history of partnerships with community colleges across Iowa. Students enrolled with the community college partner can complete their degree without leaving their communities. They begin their journey to a bachelor’s degree by enrolling at our partner community college for their first two years and complete their bachelor’s degree with BVU.

Students have the support of their enrollment counselor, personal advisor, and financial specialists. These dedicated staff members assist them through the enrollment process and the entire length of their program. Course plans are tailored to fit students, their goals, and their lifestyle. In addition, students receive tutoring support, enjoy full use of BVU’s library services virtually, and have tech support through 2FIX, the University’s Information Technology Department.

Contact Us

Buena Vista University
ATTN: Strategic Partnerships
610 W Fourth Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588

Katie Smith

Katie Smith
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Laura Todd

Laura Todd
Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships