As the accompanying story in this issue of System News shows, we offer a variety of educational opportunities for staff members seeking to complete their degrees, learn new skills, refresh current skills, or earn professional certifications. By partnering with several institutions, we have developed a rich assortment of learning options that can accommodate almost any set of personal circumstances.
I’m pleased to report that this year over 2,200 of you (both full- and part-time staff members) are taking advantage of our tuition assistance benefit. This represents 17 percent of our workforce, higher than the national average.
The array of programs we support ranges from associate degrees to doctorates and includes all milestones in between. Professional development, such as job-related training and continuing education, are covered as well. You can choose the approach that best meets your individual needs and learning style: traditional classroom or online credit-bearing programs. Our students are equally diverse, spanning what used to be called traditional “college-age” to those who have been in the workforce and out of the classroom for several years.
By investing in our staff members through tuition assistance, we are creating a triple-win situation. Our patients benefit from improved care, staff members gain knowledge and skills that can help them advance, and the ensuing patient and staff satisfaction strengthens the Health System. And by providing financial support at the beginning of the semester, we’re making things easier for those who want to attend classes but who may not have the immediate resources to do so. Offering many courses on-site further lowers the hurdles that could block some from returning to school.
Please read the inspiring stories of your colleagues. I think you will be as impressed as I was by their dedication, perseverance, and optimism for the future.
Putting learning at the forefront is a major part of who we are as an organization. We have a dedicated team at Penn Medicine Academy who can help you take advantage of our education and training benefits, answer your questions, and introduce you to options you may not have considered. I encourage you to contact them and take the next step toward paving the pathway for your own brighter future.