AAA Texas announces the creation of AAA Accelerate, a new educational benefit providing upfront tuition assistance to help employees earn degrees exclusively through Irvine, California-based Brandman University.
Employee surveys showing high interest levels in growth and development opportunities within the organization were a significant factor leading to AAA Accelerate’s formation.
AAA Accelerate will be available to 15,000 employees of Auto Club Enterprises, a group of AAA clubs, including AAA Texas, serving more than 16 million members in 21 states. More than 2,000 of those employees work and live in states served by AAA Texas.
“AAA Texas has a long-standing tradition of supporting ongoing career development for employees,” Kent Livesay, Vice President and General Manager, AAA Texas, said. “Through our program with Brandman University, we’re proud to take the next step in supporting employee growth by offering tuition assistance so employees can earn a college degree as part of a rewarding career with AAA Texas.”
Brandman was selected because of its multi-pronged approach to education for working adults – on campus, online or a combination of both. Brandman connects working learners with college professors, coaches and academic advisors. Online coaching in math and writing is also available to all students. Brandman is a non-profit, private institution within the Chapman University System with high student completion rates. Brandman also will accept for college credit certain courses an employee completes through the AAA University learning and development program.
Nationwide, 37 percent of college students are age 25 or older - and 40 percent have full time jobs - according to the Lumina Foundation. Brandman offers flexibility to working students by offering fully-online degree programs, as well as hybrid programs blending online and classroom learning.
“I applaud AAA Texas’ human resources team on the launch of AAA Accelerate,” Brandman Chancellor Gary Brahm said. “Thousands of Auto Club Enterprise employees are gaining new opportunities to enroll in courses cultivating leadership and communications skills, which impart knowledge that is relevant to today’s business needs.”
AAA Accelerate students will be able to enroll in several bachelor’s programs offered the through Brandman’s School of Arts and Sciences and School of Business and Professional Studies. Covered degree programs include communications and media, legal studies, organizational leadership and computing technology.
Participating students may also select Brandman MyPath™ programs leading to either a Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree.
Brandman MyPath™ is a competency-based alternative to traditional credit hour courses, providing students with digital learning tools enabling them to master industry-relevant skill sets at their own pace.
Through AAA Accelerate, AAA Texas and Brandman will provide participating students with financial assistance and scholarships enabling them to enroll in Brandman programs at highly-subsidized rates.
By combining financial assistance with the flexibility of online programs, AAA Texas and Brandman will help adult learners overcome obstacles.
A combined 64 percent of college students consider costs or the challenge of balancing studies with work as their primary obstacles to completing a degree, according to survey data the California Student Aid Commission released in September.
“AAA Texas is among forward-thinking U.S. employers who are taking an active role in guiding employees to degree programs matching working adults’ needs,” Brahm said. “Choosing the right college is difficult under any circumstance. Having a skilled employer by your side to run a cost-benefit analysis on which university is the most likely institution to ensure your success is a priceless opportunity.”
About Brandman University Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative programs and support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs. Brandman serves about 25,000 students at more than 25 campuses in California and Washington, as well as online. Brandman offers fully-online courses for students anywhere in the United States and for military personnel serving abroad. For additional information, visit the university’s website.
About AAA Texas AAA provides more than 60 million members with automotive, travel, insurance and financial services through its federation of 34 motor clubs and nearly 1,100 branch offices across North America. Since 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for safe mobility. Drivers can request roadside assistance, identify nearby gas prices, locate discounts, book a hotel or map a route via the AAA Mobile app. AAA Texas branch offices throughout the state can be found by visiting www.AAA.com. Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: www.facebook.com/AAATexas. Find additional news from AAA Texas in our online newsroom at http://tx-aaa.iprsoftware.com/.