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Study while you work: Colleagues who can do it all

Fifteen Michigan State University Extension academic staff members have made use of the tuition assistance program initiated in 2007 to help them complete a master’s degree while working for MSU Extension. In October 2006, MSUE changed the criteria for employment as an MSUE academic staff member (educator, specialist or program leader) to include a minimum educational requirement of a master’s degree. Staff members already employed by MSUE who did not have a master’s degree were not required to complete a degree, but MSUE initiated a tuition benefit program for those who decided they did want to complete a master’s degree while working full time for MSUE. Staff members are free to choose any accredited institution and graduate program that aligns with their role with MSUE, and many have found online or hybrid online and face-to-face programs that adapted to their work and family responsibilities. The first graduates completed their degrees in 2009, and we still have colleagues making use of the program. Listed below are those taking part in the program, grouped by the year in which they have or will complete degrees:

2009: Lisa Bottomley, Kendra Moyses, Jodi Schulz

2010: Beth Clawson, Diane Smith, Donna Turner, Janice Zerbe

2011: Laura Anderson, Eileen Haraminac, Rebecca Henne, Gail Innis, Stephanie Marino, Jackelyn Martin

2012: Janis Brinn, Kendra Wills

For more information on the tuition benefit program, please contact MSUE HR manager Nancy Axtell. You can find more information on the program in our administrative handbook at http://www.msue.msu.edu/objects/content_revision/download.cfm/revision_id.595847/workspace_id.282708/Tuition%20Asst%20Procedures_01_2011.doc/

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Tuition assistance gives MSUE employees a leg up

by Michelle Rodgers, MSU Extension associate director of operations

Recently we completed a full year of selection of individuals for the MSUE master’s tuition assistance program. This new program provides up to six credits of tuition assistance per year for MSU Extension educators working toward their master’s degree. We are pleased that MSUE has been or will be able to provide tuition assistance to the following 21 employees enrolled in a master’s degree program:

Kendra Moyses
Jodi Schulz
Lisa Bottomley
Beth Clawson
Diane Smith
Eva Poole
Donna Turner
Stephanie Marino
Jackelyn Martin
Kendra Wills
Betty Nash
Janice Zerbe
Stacie Powell
Christopher Stickney
Janis Brinn
Eileen Haraminac
Gail Innis
Katie Eisenberger
Laura Anderson
Rebecca Henne
Lisa Myers

Though applications are only reviewed twice each year, you can apply anytime. So don’t wait until last minute! Apply now! The next deadline is Sept. 1 for anyone taking classes in spring 2010. Be sure to review the Tuition Assistance Program policy first (you’ll need to log on to the MSUE portal before clicking the link).

Thanks to those that serve on the tuition assistance review committee: Larry Olsen, Pat Cudney, Julie Chapin, Lela Vandenburg and Steve Lovejoy.

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