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NJPA's Anna Gruber Earns MBA from West Texas A&M University

Gruber cites NJPA's Educational Assistance program as key motivator

STAPLES, Minn. (4 January 2017) – National Joint Powers Alliance® Manager of City & County Solutions Anna Gruber earned her Master of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University. She participated in WTAMU's Commencement Ceremony on December 17, 2016 at the First United Bank Center in Canyon, Texas.

Gruber credits NJPA's Educational Assistance program for being the key motivation in starting and finishing her degree. The program provides up to $5,000 in reimbursement per fiscal year toward self, spouse, or dependent education for eligible employees.

“I consider myself a lifelong learner and have always wanted to get my MBA, but financially couldn't decide if work experience was more valuable than education,” Gruber said. “When I learned about NJPA's program, it motivated me to seek out my MBA. Walking across the stage on graduation day was an overwhelming and proud moment for me, finishing my MBA was a life goal of mine and to complete it while raising a family and working full time felt like quite the accomplishment.”

Gruber completed the online program in two-and-a-half years, and says she pursued the degree because of its applicability to her career and long-term goals.

“I expected the MBA program to teach me a lot of specific business techniques and applications, but it in fact taught me a lot more about managing people, leadership, organizational behaviors, and general communication,” Gruber said. “I appreciated this focus, since it allowed me to hone in on the areas where I am more passionate and also helped to improve my skillset in areas that are important to my career.”

Gruber joined NJPA in March 2014. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration, and minors in Business and Community Development, from St. Cloud State University.

About NJPA

Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota's nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with over 200 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.