FCA US LLC announced the national rollout of its Degrees@Work program and the newly developed Degrees@Work Family offering with Strayer University this week – just before the holidays and sure to make many FCA dealer families very happy. This program will provide a no-cost, no-debt college degree to participating FCA US dealership employees PLUS their immediate family members – the first of its kind in the automotive industry that includes not only the dealership employee but includes members of their immediate families. The program was first introduced through 100 FCA dealers in the southeast in May of 2015.
The expanded FCA Degrees@Work program and the new FCA Degrees@Work Family offering will enable FCA US dealerships to attract top talent, improve the skillset of existing employees while reducing the burden of paying for college for families and significantly increase employee retention. All Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT dealerships are eligible to participate.
“After the success of the initial regional launch, we’re thrilled to expand the benefit not only to all of our dealerships nationwide, but also to dealership employees’ immediate family members,” said Al Gardner, Head of Dealer Network Development – FCA US LLC. “When we began to seek out a partner to provide education benefits to our employees and their families, we focused on finding a top-notch institution. Strayer has the resources and the experience to provide a world-class education to our employees and their families.”
Strayer University, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, will offer associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees to all participating FCA US dealership employees and their immediate family members. Strayer University is a postsecondary institution with a more than 120-year history educating working adult students online and at campus locations across the country.
“We are proud to partner with a true innovator like FCA US to offer this first-of-its-kind employee benefit,” said Karl McDonnell, CEO of Strayer Education, which owns Strayer University. “At Strayer, we’re dedicated to improving the way education and business work together. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with FCA US to tackle college affordability and the skills gap head on.”
The program was developed using input from dealers and their employees says FCA US. Depending on the selected program of study, courses will range from business administration and accounting to education, information systems and other areas. Courses will be offered online with 24/7 access for flexibility around work schedules, as well as at Strayer’s campus locations throughout the United States. Dealers’ employees can have their training and work experience evaluated for college credit to accelerate completion of a degree program.
Source: FCA US