Tuition Assistance Celebration

We’re very proud to announce another key milestone achieved by the Education at Work organization!

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We’re very proud to announce another key milestone achieved by the Education at Work organization!  We wrote out our first tuition assistance checks and made payouts to our first few eligible and highly talented student-employees who perform customer service work for our clients.  Thus far, we have paid a total amount of $9,000 in tuition assistance to our students and will continue to payout more in upcoming months.  In order to qualify for tuition assistance, college students need to have worked with Education at Work for at least 6-months and must maintain a high grade point average in school.  The students who work in our program and excel academically can earn up to $6,000 per year in tuition assistance.  All of the money earned goes towards the cost of each student recipient’s college education and will be paid directly to the Cincinnati-area college or university they currently attend.

At Education at Work, we believe it’s important to celebrate major accomplishments, and most importantly for us, the accomplishments of our students that have worked hard to earn this tuition assistance money.  We celebrated in a big way about a month ago by holding the first Tuition Assistance Awards event at the Education at Work headquarters in Cincinnati, OH on February 20, 2013.  We invited EAW staff members, the EAW student-employee recipients, other current EAW student-employees and client-partners to join in on recognizing the importance of this event to our mission.  Our Founder and CEO, Dave Dougherty, spoke at the event and emphasized the importance of learning the critical job skills that a customer service job can teach college students.  He explained, “The job you’re doing is more than a job. It’s an opportunity, to learn invaluable skills you will need. I don’t care no matter what your major or what your profession”.  He also stressed the importance of maintaining high grades and earning a degree, “Employers today want students to have a degree. Either a 2-year degree or a 4-year degree, it depends on the job. And to have the critical job skills you need to be successful in the workplace”.

To see and hear more from the event, check out this cool YouTube video that recaps the first Education at Work Tuition Assistance Celebration!  We’re very excited to share this video with you!  We hope it helps shed some light on the EAW mission and the accomplishments of the amazing students we’re privileged to work with everyday.

Vantiv, Inc. Partners With Education at Work

Vantiv and EAW announced today that they have signed an agreement to jointly help develop Greater Cincinnati’s workforce.

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CincinnatiMarch 13, 2013Vantiv (NYSE: VNTV), a leading provider of payment processing services and related technology solutions for merchants and financial institutions of all sizes, and Education at Work, a 501(c)3 non-profit provider of employment development services, announced today that they have signed an agreement to jointly help develop Greater Cincinnati’s workforce.  Under the agreement, Vantiv will leverage Education at Work’s students to serve in its call centers and will assign each student executive-level mentors to help guide their professional development.

“We’re very excited to have entered into a relationship with such a dynamic financial services company,” said David Dougherty, Education at Work’s Founder and CEO.  “Vantiv is not only a leader in the payments industry but also in the community.  Our new agreement demonstrates Vantiv’s deep commitment to our region and the future of its college students. We’re pleased to have them as a client of Education at Work, further highlighting the range of services that we can provide to our client companies.”

“Joining with Education at Work is a win-win arrangement,” said Charles Drucker, Chief Executive Officer at Vantiv. “It’s not only a win for our business, but it’s a win for Greater Cincinnati college students.  Education at Work provides Vantiv a new source of talent while at the same time giving college students an opportunity to develop their career skill sets.”

The services provided by Education at Work are different from those normally found in a traditional staff augmentation firm.  Employees are put through a rigorous multi-step screening and selection process prior to interviewing with the end client. This helps assess specific job skills requirements and ensures an optimal fit with the client’s corporate culture. Students selected represent the highest caliber of talent attending Greater Cincinnati’s colleges and universities.

“The students from Education at Work placed at Vantiv are doing a fantastic job,” said Phil Davis, Vice President of Operations at Vantiv. “The program provides Vantiv an opportunity to develop long-term relationships with the next generation workforce, which will be beneficial as we compete for future talent in the labor market.”

Students will work at Vantiv’s headquarters in Symmes Township, managing multiple types of customer service inquiries. For more information about Education at Work or Vantiv, Inc., please visit them atwww.education-at-work.org or www.vantiv.com.


About Vantiv, Inc.

Vantiv, Inc. (NYSE: VNTV) is a leading, integrated payment processor differentiated by a single, proprietary technology platform. Vantiv offers a comprehensive suite of traditional and innovative payment processing and technology solutions to merchants and financial institutions of all sizes in the U.S., enabling them to address their payment processing needs through a single provider. Vantiv builds strong relationships with their customers, helping them become more efficient, more secure and more successful. Vantiv is the third largest merchant acquirer and the largest PIN debit acquirer based on number of transactions in the U.S. The company’s growth strategy includes expanding further into high growth payment segments, such as ecommerce, mobile, prepaid and information solutions, and attractive industry verticals, such as business-to-business, government, healthcare and education. For more information, visit www.vantiv.com.

About Education at Work

Education at Work is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing staff augmentation services for call center and back office operations of leading companies, delivered exclusively in the U.S.  Education at Work employs an agent workforce that is made up entirely of college students actively pursuing their degrees.  Education at Work’s clients enjoy access to a high quality domestic U.S. service environment, pricing that is competitive with offshore markets – enabling them to repatriate American jobs, and a student population that can be a future talent pipeline for their firm. College students who work for Education at Work enjoy competitive base wages plus a tuition assistance program that pays up to $6,000/year, based on work and academic performance.  Students can graduate virtually debt-free through Education at Work with fundamental skills that better prepare them for success in the 21st century job market.  For more information, please visit www.education-at-work.org, or subscribe to the Education at Work blog: blog.education-at-work.org. You can also find EAW on Facebook and LinkedIn.


Contact Information:

Vantiv Media Contact:
Name: Andrew Ciafardini
Phone: 513.900.5308
Email: [email protected]

Education at Work Media Contact:
Name: Tim White
Phone: 513.351.1555
Email: [email protected]