203: UofM Global’s LIFE Program: A Superb Benefit for FedEx Employees

What happens when a major university partners with a huge corporation to offer a program that helps employees earn college degrees? You get University of Memphis (UofM) Global’s LIFE: Learning Inspired by FedEx.

Dr. Richard Irwin and Courtney Brafford, both of UofM Global, describe how the two organizations worked together to create a program that requires no out-of-pocket payments by employees and has resulted in high retention rates.

Dr. Irwin is the Executive Dean, Academic Innovation and the College of Professional & Liberal Studies, and Courtney is Director of Student Success. They’ve created corporate partnerships that provide employees with opportunities for professional development that translate into college credit.

You’ll discover:

  • The need FedEx had that caused them to approach UofM Global
  • Key elements of the LIFE program that have led to great results for participants
  • The PREP Academy that UofM Global created to ensure participants succeeded with their coursework
  • Benefits that both FedEx and their employees have experienced
  • Why the LIFE program now serves as an excellent recruitment tool for FedEx

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