Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. recently announced that it is rolling out a national program that will allow the company to send U.S. dealership employees and their immediate family members to college absolutely free.
The program has been dubbed the “Degrees@Work Family.” This is done in partnership with Strayer University and will ensure that workers and family members go to college without cost or debt. It is also hoped that with a program like this, the company will be able to improve on employee retention.
Strayer University Chief Executive Officer Karl McDonnell has said that this education program by Fiat Chrysler is the “first-of-its-kind employee benefit.” Moreover, McDonnell commends the automaker for taking up the challenge of “college affordability and the skills gap head on.”
Under the Degrees@Work program, there is a wide range of courses available for employees and their family members. These include business administration, accounting, education, information systems and more. All these courses will be made available online with 24/7 access to give employees and their families more time flexibility, allowing them to attend classes after work schedules. Meanwhile, this education program means employees and family members can also take courses at Strayer’s campus locations throughout the country. Employees can also choose to have their training and work experience evaluated for college credit so they can accelerate their completion of a degree program.
Strayer has several campus locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Texas, West Virginia, Mississippi and Pennsylvania.