Learning at Work academy gives employees opportunity for development


Patti Reinhardt, Learning at Work

University employees who want to pursue personal and career development can enroll in a program in which they can earn a degree from Ivy Tech, complete a GED or become fluent in English—without leaving campus.

The Learning at Work Skills Academy, offered by the Office of Human Resources, is a multi-approach service that seeks to enhance individual success while strengthening the talent base for the University. Instruction through the Learning at Work service is provided by outside educational institutions, but all classes are conveniently held on campus.

Employees can take advantage of three programs within the academy: the ENL (English as a New Language) program, the GED Preparation program and the Ivy Tech Associate Degree program.

The ENL program, held in the Mason Support Services Center’s Training Room, is for non-native speakers of English who want to increase their fluency in speech and writing and enhance their ability to communicate and perform effectively in their work environment.

The GED Preparation program, also held at the Mason Center, provides University employees who do not have a high school diploma with the opportunity to refresh forgotten academic skills or learn the knowledge necessary to complete the GED examination. The Learning at Work program covers the cost of taking the GED exam, up to two attempts.

The Ivy Tech Associate Degree program, typically held in DeBartolo Hall, offers an accelerated curriculum to enable regular full- and part-time employees to earn a technical certificate or an associate degree in business administration.

Patti Reinhardt, program assistant at the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship, graduated with an Ivy Tech degree after enrolling in the program. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications from Trine University.

“I get choked up when I think about how much the University has invested in me,” she says. “I have participated in various programs that have aided in both my personal and professional development. There are so many resources available to us, as employees of this University, that it would behoove us all to keep abreast of these resources and take advantage of those opportunities that appeal to you.”

A major feature of the Learning at Work Skills Academy is that the programs are offered to employees at no charge. Course materials are provided.

Registration for all three programs is open now through the beginning of January. Employees who are interested in the academy can contact LaTonia Ferguson, learning and organizational development consultant for the Office of Human Resources, at 631-5679 or lfergus2@nd.edu.