Strategic Partnerships

Buena Vista University is dedicated to cultivating robust and mutually beneficial relationships with business, industry, the government sector, non-profit organizations, and more.  

We are committed to: 

  • Transforming our communities through affordable educational opportunities 
  • Shared success – inquire about a BVU educational partnership and learn about the benefits to you, your employees and their families


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Educational Partnerships

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

Current Partners

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center
Pro Cooperative
Wellman Dynamics
Fareway Meat and Grocery

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

Continuing Education

Buena Vista University’s Graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is pleased to announce their recognition as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). As a newly approved provider, the department will offer regular continued education presentations both remotely and on their Storm Lake campus. Social workers and licensed marriage and family therapists are also invited to attend these presentations to meet state requirements for continuing education.


Buena Vista University- Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.3065. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Buena Vista University- Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider

Our Partnerships at Work

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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BVU Aims to Strengthen Iowa Workers, Communities Through Strategic Partnerships

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BVU, Kirkwood Enter Partnership for Ag Instruction

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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