Employment and Jobs

Perris, California, Offers College Degrees to City Employees

August 20, 2018  • UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news featuring one of our partners.

The City of Perris, California, is giving city employees the opportunity to earn a free college degree. The partnership with Study.com, Civic Scholars, offers participants a bachelor’s degree pathway at no cost to the student.

The online program “is designed in micro-lessons,” says Lisa Gauthier, Government Affairs Manager for Civic Scholars. “Students take a five-minute quiz at the end of each lesson, followed by an online, proctored final exam.”

The ability to access course materials at any time and place gives students the convenience to complete the program on their own terms, even those with full-time work schedules and family obligations.

Participants are paired with academic coaches to guide their progress. “The coaches are great,” says Gauthier. “They’re here to motivate, to help with tutoring, and to help with transferring to a fully accredited university.”

19 City of Perris employees are currently enrolled in Civic Scholars, and Study.com is looking to expand the program to other municipalities.

We are delighted with this announcement and commend the City of Perris for joining a growing list of employers committed to advancing the upskilling movement in 2018.

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What does #upskilling look like at the local level? The @CityofPerris has teamed up with @Studydotcom to offer free college degrees to city employees. Learn more about their Civic Scholars program.

“When you have a better talent pool, that’s the greater good for the whole, entire region.” @TonyaBurke19, Council Member @CityofPerris

“The City of Perris is invested in our own employees.” -Malcolm Corona, Mayor Pro Tem @CityofPerris


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