MBA Faculty Take MBA Program Into the Community
Alvernia University has a strong commitment to help working adults realize their professional goals. That’s why the MBA faculty often presents educational workshops, seminars and full degree programs in partnership with local companies.
Penske Truck Leasing Co., LP is the most recent company to offer Alvernia’s MBA program right at their headquarters in Reading, PA. Starting this month, Penske associates can simply finish their workday, and then walk to a conference room to attend graduate classes.
A similar MBA in the workplace partnership took place a few years ago between Alvernia and FirstEnergy Corp. According to an article in the summer 2011 edition of Alvernia Magazine, going through graduate school with coworkers created a positive type of peer pressure. Classmates could meet during lunch to work on assignments and support each other.
Tracy Parmer, one of the FirstEnergy employees enrolled in that MBA cohort said, “We pushed each other, we motivated each other. We cried on each other’s shoulders.”
Over the years, Alvernia has partnered with other local companies such as Stevens & Lee, Reading Health System, VF Outlet, Inc., Met-Ed/First Energy, Godiva, Caron Foundation and many others. By holding educational programs conveniently in the workplace, managers learn skills that enhance their productivity and performance.
These partnership programs are a win-win for local businesses and employees. By holding workshops conveniently in the workplace, managers learn skills that enhance their performance. Plus, professional development increases job satisfaction and morale that leads to higher employee retention and productivity.