At PMMA, we believe that our employees are our most valuable resource. In order to attract and retain the very best talent in the industry, we make an ongoing investment in their futures by funding qualifying employees as they seek to gain certification, licensure or a degree from an accredited educational program. Costs eligible for reimbursement include tuition, fees and books.
Every spring, employees have the opportunity to apply for these awards. Sarah Oenning, PMMA’s senior director of development, said that’s because a group of private donors had the vision many years ago to set up endowments at some PMMA communities for employee education.
“It’s been a priority for a really long time,” Sarah said. “We know that donors saw that employee education was important and worth supporting.”
To be eligible, employees are required to:
- be employed at PMMA for at least one year at the time the award is made (usually mid-summer);
- be regularly scheduled to work, for a minimum of eight hours during a two-week payroll cycle;
- show relevance of the education to the services provided by PMMA, and;
- be employed in good standing at the conclusion of the educational program and at the time the reimbursement request is submitted for payment.
Funds are paid after the successful completion (a “C” grade or higher) of the approved course and can be used to cover tuition, fees and books.