Cincinnati – Education at Work announced today that its student employees have earned more than $1 million in tuition assistance since opening its doors in August of 2012. Education at Work is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping college students graduate with as little debt as possible. The organization provides part-time jobs in a contact center environment that pay hourly wages, in addition to providing tax-free tuition assistance based on grade point average. Student employees are eligible to receive up to $6,000 in tax-free funds per year which go directly toward their college tuition. Today, the amount of tuition assistance earned by students stands at $1,087,046.
CEO and founder Dave Dougherty reflects on the impact Education at Work has made since its founding in 2012.
“It is incredible to see how many students’ lives have been touched since August of 2012,” said CEO Dave Dougherty. “By working hard at EAW and in the classroom, the students are taking their futures into their own hands and graduating with significantly less debt because of the tuition assistance they are earning. I am grateful to all who make this possible: our clients, our university partners, our staff, and most of all our students, who are EAW’s shareholders.”
As customer service representatives, student employees build essential communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to keep their grade point averages high, in order to maximize the amount of tuition assistance they earn. Approximately 450 students from universities in Greater Cincinnati make up the organization’s workforce. These universities include Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Mt. Saint Joseph University, Northern Kentucky University, and others.
Scott Maurer, a University of Cincinnati student, has worked at Education at Work since July 2013 and has received $15,000 in tuition assistance. As a beneficiary, he had this to say:
“The tuition assistance program has been a motivation for me to maintain a high GPA, but most importantly it has kept me from going deep into debt,” said Scott Maurer. “That simple fact gives me security for the future, and I would love to see more college students feel the same way as I do.”
The organization plans to grow locally and expand nationally to fulfill its vision of benefiting 100,000 students annually by 2025.