Employees of FCA US LLC (Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and Fiat) dealerships will now have the opportunity to earn a college degree from Strayer University — a primarily online college with campuses across the U.S. — for free.
“Many of our dealers have expressed concern over the availability of talent to fill open positions due to business growth and turnover in their stores, especially in metro markets,” says Al Gardner, president and CEO of the Chrysler Brand, FCA US LLC. “Our goal is to position our dealer network as the ’employers of choice.'”
Programs of study include associate, bachelor’s, and master’s in business administration, accounting, education, and information systems, among others. Employees can choose to take the class online, or attend class at a Strayer University location. Campuses are found in the Northeast and Southeast regions of the United States. Credit will be offered to dealers’ employees for training and work experience in an effort to accelerate the completion of a degree program.
“Dealers tell us that education is a benefit frequently requested by their employees,” Gardner says. “With the increasing cost of a college education, offering free college degrees without the burden of debt presents a significant value that we are pleased to provide and that differentiates us from our competitors.”
The first phase of the Degrees@Work program is first being launched to FCA US dealers in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee.