To further its mission of advancing the career aspirations of its largely adult working student body, University of Phoenix has formed an alliance with the organization Education at Work (EAW) to provide a pathway for students to gain resume-worthy career experience that can help them pursue new opportunities. As part of the arrangement, employees of Education at Work are eligible for tuition assistance in order to pursue a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree at University of Phoenix.
The arrangement is the latest iteration of University of Phoenix’s innovative Workforce Solutions initiative. This program is designed to build relationships with businesses and organizations that can fill companies’ skills gaps and create new alliances that provide exposure to different industries and positions for University students.
“With the labor market seeing a great need for skilled workers, we are thrilled to be working with Education at Work to offer employees and program participants the opportunity for higher education,” said Raghu Krishnaiah, chief operating officer at University of Phoenix. “And we are equally excited to bring career opportunities to our eligible students through our work with Education at Work.”
Skill Building and Degree Opportunities Help Retain and Attract Employees
It’s a competitive job market with employers seeking highly skilled workers to fill positions fast. In order to keep their top employees from seeking opportunities elsewhere while attracting the best candidates for open jobs, companies need to offer incentives that job seekers want such as skill building opportunities, paths to career advancement and tuition reimbursement. Students entering the job market, meanwhile, need to show that they have the necessary skill sets in technology, communications, marketing and other relevant areas to succeed in these new roles.
Collaborations between businesses and institutions of higher education such as the one between Education at Work and University of Phoenix offer a ready solution to building skills and providing access to a skilled workforce. And this collaboration has already yielded positive outcomes. Education at Work worked with University of Phoenix to identify students who might be a fit for roles within the company and has hired more than 30 University students thus far in 2022.
“In working with University of Phoenix, we are bringing resume-worthy job opportunities to their students across the country,” said Jaime Nunez, president of Education at Work. “All of us at EAW are thrilled by the caliber of University of Phoenix students who will surely be top performers for our client programs. We look forward to them graduating from University of Phoenix and leveraging their EAW skill set to take the next step in their career.”
Workforce Solutions Provides Tailor-Made Skill Building
Through its Workforce Solutions team, University of Phoenix works with companies and community colleges to identify skills gaps and design an online learning program that includes live supports, career guidance support, educational programs like college courses and certificate programs, in order to drive the skills within the company and attract workers eager for roles with learning and growth opportunities.
Workforce Solutions addresses the modern-day workplace that workers are looking for: one that supports their career aspirations and provides them with opportunities to gain new competitive skills. Education at Work partners with Fortune 300 tech, financial and healthcare companies to provide pathways for students to gain meaningful work, to help cover the cost of their education and to help launch their careers post graduation.
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is committed to advancing the degree of adult and nontraditional learners and to helping students navigate career options and degree programs that best suit their interests. The University’s degree programs are aligned with numerous in-demand career paths including in computer software, nursing and business, and they provide flexible start dates, online classes, and numerous scholarship opportunities to make it possible for anyone to earn the degree they need to get ahead.
In addition, University of Phoenix’s Career Services for Life® commitment to active students and graduates provides the resources needed to be competitive in the workforce for no additional charge. These services include resume and interview support, career guidance, education and networking opportunities. Numerous Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) provide University of Phoenix students and alumni with lifelong connections that can help them network and advance in their careers. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.