ALBION, Ind. — Employees and volunteers at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary (BPAS), the only Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS)-accredited multi-species
sanctuary in the Midwest, will enjoy a wider range of professional development and
educational opportunities at Trine University as the result of a new relationship
between the two organizations.
In addition, Trine will offer BPAS enhanced opportunities to recruit Trine students
for internships, open positions and volunteer opportunities. Black Pine also will
have the opportunity to share information regarding responsible animal care and access
to a broader range of community activities with student organizations, athletics and
exclusive Trine events.
Letrecia “Trish” Nichols, executive director for Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, said,
"Black Pine is excited to partner with Trine University! A key pillar of our mission
is education, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to offer further educational
opportunities to our staff and volunteers. Trine's educational resources are a huge
boost to a small agency such as Black Pine."
“Trine University is proud to partner with Black Pine Animal Sanctuary and assist
in its vital work of rescuing exotic animals and educating the public about conservation
and proper animal care,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president.
“We look forward to helping Black Pine enhance the skills of its employees and volunteers
as they assist the organization in carrying out its mission. We also look forward
to continued partnerships through student opportunities, campus programs and university
Through the partnership, Black Pine will be able to create customized courses, available
online and on-site. Employees and volunteers also will be provided additional support
in obtaining access to available educational grants and scholarships, reducing education
expenses for the team at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.
Additionally, BPAS employees and volunteers will receive added support to ensure those
enrolled with Trine are utilizing all available academic and financial aid services.
Black Pine employees and volunteers can take advantage of more than 45 courses using
open education resources, eliminating textbook and materials costs, and can receive
a free application for enrollment and free unofficial transfer credit evaluation.
Due to TrineOnline’s generous credit acceptance, Black Pine employees and volunteers
will be eligible for up to 90 credits hours toward a bachelor's degree program, including
their unique on-the-job training experience. This means fewer courses are needed to
complete a degree; therefore, they have less financial impact, and graduation in as
little as one year. In addition, students are given the opportunity to earn graduate
credits while working on a bachelor's degree through TrineOnline’s combined degree
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary was established to provide refuge to displaced, captive-raised
exotic animals for the rest of their lives and to educate people about responsible
animal care and conservation. Nestled on 18 acres in Northern Indiana, Black Pine
Animal Sanctuary is the forever home to more than 100 captive raised exotic and wild
animals. The sanctuary offers more than a half-mile of paved trails that meander through
a wooded area with various habitats.
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