Press Release for Thursday, January 8, 2015
Grimes and UNF Partner for New Employee Educational Experiences
Jessica Scott, Public Relations Specialist
Department of Public Relations
The Grimes Companies and University of North Florida Division of Continuing Education have collaborated to create a new employer-sponsored program called Personal Interest Courses.Unlike traditional
tuition reimbursement programs, the PIC benefit initiative allows companies to
offer access to classes without the administrative burden associated with
managing reimbursements and delivers the value of predictable cost.
“We are excited to partner with UNF
in developing this program. The courses involved offer intellectual
stimulation, creative outlets and add to a good work-life balance,” said
Michael O’Leary, TGC president.
The concept called for the
development of a traditional “group benefit” approach to establishing a cost
model that allows TGC to offer employees unrestricted access to UNF’s
courses through UNF’s
Division of Continuing Education.
to expand the educational opportunities of TGC employees,” said Bob Wood, dean
of the Division of Continuing Education. “The Division is committed to
providing enrichment experience and workforce development for our community
UNF Continuing Education hopes to
see increased participation not only in the PIC courses but also in the
professional development curriculum available outside of the benefit initiative.
Additionally, the PIC program will establish predictable minimum-revenue
expectations based on corporate participation in the program.
During the initial trial period of
this unique program, both UNF and TGC will evaluate the success of the
initiative based on participation, employee/student feedback and validation of
the cost model. Following a successful trial, the University may extend access
to the program to other companies in Jacksonville.
Interested companies are encouraged
to contact the UNF Division of Continuing Education at (904) 620-4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TGC, a Jacksonville based company,
provides a single-point solution for logistics and supply chain needs. TGC
delivers warehousing, transportation, packaging and staffing services to its
UNF’s Division of Continuing
Education is the premier provider of lifelong learning, workforce development and
enrichment experiences. It’s committed to economic development –one person, one
company at a time and provides excellence through quality programs, customer
satisfaction and transformational learning.
university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who
are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their
own futures through a well-rounded education.