Thousands of companies and organizations have
provided tuition reimbursement to their employees to study at
DETC accredited institutions.
here for a partial list of sponsoring companies.
If you would like to highlight your
company here please contact Patrice Wall, Information and Accounts Specialist.
202-234-5100 Ext. 100
Corporate recognition of DETC allows employees
to achieve higher education and essential training without quitting
their job or reducing hours to juggle work, family life and classes.
DETC institutions provide corporate employees with distance education
that works for them, rather than against them and their already
hectic schedules. Many companies accept DETC accredited institutions
for tuition assistance, allowing employees to attain workplace
advancement with DETC accredited job skills and training while
the employer pays the bill. We will be featuring a monthly company
spotlight to demonstrate the success of a partnership between
corporations and DETC accredited institutions.
Eagan, McAllister Associates, Inc.
Eagan, McAllister Associates, Inc. (EMA) is a recognized leader
in technology, engineering, management and logistics support for
government and industry clients worldwide. The 23-year-old company
originated in Lexington Park, Maryland with one contract and two
employees. EMA now boasts over 1,541 employees nationwide, annual
revenues of $167 million and an average annual growth rate of
over 28%. The company is continually ranked among top contractors
by both government and industry publications.
EMA actively supports the Aviation and Command,
Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence communities.
The companys specialized capabilities include information
assurance, technology-based systems, information technology solutions,
systems engineering, program management and geographic information
systems. With such a varied and technical group of specialties
and contracts, EMA is constantly looking for employees from diverse
backgrounds committed to teamwork, customer satisfaction and continuous
One key to continuous improvement and customer
satisfaction is to keep EMA employees on the cutting edge with
up-to-date job training and education. EMA first worked with a
DETC-accredited institution, American Sentinel University, in
1999 when an employee was living and working in an area where
no other college was available. Distance education was the ideal
option for EMA and its employee. When deciding whether or not
to use tuition reimbursement for a DETC institution EMA took into
account accreditation and cost in line with other institutions
offering the same degree.
Distance learning institutions offer our full-time working
employees the opportunity to seek their degrees on their own time,
says Thea Noll, an EMA spokesperson. The degree programs
are often accelerated, and employees have large fields of institutions
from which to choose since they are not restricted by an institutions
EMAs Education Assistance Program is highly regarded by
employees. Eric Wilcox, an EMA employee and current Masters
student has been enrolled in distance education classes since
he came to work for EMA in 1996 with only a few college credits
under his belt.
Whats not to like about a reimbursement
program? asks Wilcox. I get an education and EMA pays
for it. Ive already got a second Masters program
in mind so if EMA will keep paying for it I will keep registering.
Employees/students find EMA is supportive of their pursuit of
higher education and work hard to meet both employer and instructor
My job comes first. Without it,
there is no school, says Wilcox. However, it
is difficult to juggle school work, a
job and some kind of home life. [Compressed distance education
classes] can be twice the work and half the time as compared
to a normal 16-week semester. To meet deadlines on big
[school] projects, I dont usually have a problem using a
day of annual leave.
EMA pays for employees to study through DETC
institutions under the expectation that employees will grow in
their work fields. Another added benefit of pursuing education
while employed at EMA is the companys library of academic
books. EMA reimburses employees for books after a student has
completed a class so that other employees may use them. According
to Noll the company will increasingly work with DETC accredited
institutions in the future.