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Are Full Tuition Reimbursement Programs Utilized by Front-Line Employees?

In September 2021, Amazon announced that it would pay full college tuition for its 750,000 front-line employees. The benefit not only included tuition but also the cost of books and fees. The new benefits were an expansion of the company’s Career Choice program which 50,000 employees had participated in over the past 10 years. Amazon estimates spending approximately $1.2 billion over the next five years to support this program.

The Legitimacy and Illegitimacy of Credentials

I was an early subscriber to LinkedIn. The service allowed me to list my professional qualifications and experiences and connect with people I knew and people with similar experiences and interests. I’ve watched it evolve over the years as its subscriber base grew to include just about everyone.

Among the many recent trends I observed on LinkedIn are the touting of badges and credentials by anyone who has received them.

Assessing Employer Needs for Micro-Credentials in Tempe, Arizona

Last week, Rio Salado College and the Tempe Chamber of Commerce announced the release of survey results designed to identify micro-credential educational program options that could benefit businesses in the Tempe area that have been impacted by the Covid pandemic.

On the positive side, most businesses completing the survey indicated an interest in micro credential options.

The Future of Business Education and the Value of MOOCs

One of the chapters in Jason Wingard and Christine Farrugia’s book, "The Great Skills Gap: Optimizing Talent for the Future of Work," is “The Future of Business Education.” Written by Anne Trumbore, Executive Director, Digital and Open Enrollment, Executive Education – Lifelong Learning at The Darden School at the University of Virginia and formerly at The Wharton School, the article focuses on results from a study investigating in-course behaviors as related to post-course career advancement.