National University and the County of San Diego announced an agreement Friday in which the private, nonprofit, La Jolla-based university will provide educational and scholarship opportunities to the county’s approximately 16,000 employees.

National University will offer county employees a scholarship that is the equivalent of a 15 percent tuition reduction, as well as waive the application fee toward earning an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree or certification.

''We are committed to providing our County employees with opportunities for academic advancement," said San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts. "National University’s programs are easily accessible to our workers and will improve their delivery of services to the public.”

The university, which has campuses throughout California and Nevada, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are taught in a “one course per month” format, with many courses also available online.

''As a nonprofit university dedicated to the public good, we see this educational partnership as a chance to recognize the hard work and dedication of San Diego County employees and to contribute to our community’s future successes,” said National University President Michael R. Cunningham. "As a part of San Diego County ourselves, we believe that providing County employees access to a quality education through National University benefits not only individuals, but the greater community.”

County employees can learn more at: http://www.nu.edu/countysd/