Congratulations to employee graduates!

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Patti Jo Reinhardt speaks at the Learning at Work Skills Academy graduation ceremony

Spring is graduation time, and the University congratulates those employees who have recently completed education programs offered through the Office of Human Resources Learning at Work Skills Academy.

In ceremonies held on Friday, May 4, 24 employees graduated with associate degrees and 16 with technical certificates.

In remarks at the graduation ceremony, Patti Jo Reinhardt, administrative assistant in Mendoza’s Gigot Center, said, “We would not be standing here if it wasn’t for a movement across campus, an idea that something needed to be done to provide our employees with opportunities for advancement. What a great program this has been for the staff of Notre Dame!

“Because of what Notre Dame has given me—the chance for an education, and one I would have had to struggle to obtain—I have now what I consider a career. Don’t let this moment today be your last step. Continue your education; it can only make you better.”

Learning at Work programs are designed to encourage employees’ personal and career development while strengthening the talent base for the University and the larger community. Three different programs are included:

Forty employees were honored at Ivy Tech graduation ceremonies Friday, May 4

ESL (English as a Second Language), for non-native speakers who want to increase their fluency in spoken and written English.

GED (General Education Diploma), a preparation program that gives employees who did not complete a high school education the opportunity to refresh academic skills needed to complete the GED examination.

Ivy Tech Technical Certificate Program (TC) or Associate in Applied Science Degree, an accelerated program offered through Ivy Tech enabling regular full- and part-time employees the opportunity to earn a technical certificate in one year, or an associate degree in two years.

For information on Learning at Work Skills Academy programs and other employee learning and development opportunities, contact the askHR helpline at 631-5900 or visit