Workforce Solutions Education Partners

Scott Sibella
President/chief operating officer
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, MGM Resorts International

Mark H. Blankenship, PhD
Senior vice president and chief administrative officer
Jack in the Box Inc.

Shawn McDonald
Senior solutions manager
Hitachi Data Systems

Emily Stover DeRocco
Past president
Manufacturing Institute

Kim Norman
Senior vice president, human resources
Emergency Medical Services Corp.

Michelle DiTondo
Senior vice president, human resources
MGM Resorts International

Tom Wagner
Chief executive officer, West Region
American Medical Response

Atour Eyvazia
Franchisee, over 100 restaurants
Jack in the Box

Video transcript

Scott Sibella: [00:00:01] We have a great educational partnership with University of Phoenix where it enables our employees to further their education. It's very flexible because of the hours of our industry. This is a 24-hour industry, and it's difficult for employees who work these different shifts to try to go back and further their education. [00:00:17]

Mark H. Blankenship, PhD: [00:00:17] One of the strongest features of our relationship with University of Phoenix is that our internally developed training programs are very specific to Jack in the Box needs. What our employees get through University of Phoenix are more global learning programs. They not only benefit because they can get an accredited degree, but they also benefit because they can take more generalized courses. [00:00:37]

Shawn McDonald: [00:00:37] One of the great things about University of Phoenix and Hitachi Data Systems is that we have a very strong alliance. In a sense, you're really training our future product, our future leaders. It really allows us to do things much more efficiently at a lower cost and really allows us to make things better, to make a difference. [00:00:54]

Emily Stover DeRocco: [00:00:55] I do believe that we'll be able to measure the success of our University of Phoenix Manufacturing Institute alliance simply by the increasing number of employees who are being successful and preparing themselves to be competitive in the global economy. [00:01:11]

Kim Norman: [00:01:11] At EMSC, we realize that it's critical that we have a knowledgeable and well-educated workforce. The University of Phoenix educational partnership provides that win-win solution for us. It provides our employees with the education that they need, and the workforce is then able to attain the business goals critical for our success. [00:01:28]

Michelle DiTondo: [00:01:28] The educational partnership we have with University of Phoenix is absolutely strategically aligned with our people philosophy — investing in employees — but also our philosophy to expand and to grow the company. [00:01:42]

Tom Wagner: [00:01:42] We're showing the industry the importance of education, and we're putting together the curriculum that gives the students the real-world experience so when they graduate, whether they come to work for AMR or they go to work for a competitor, they're still better prepared to serve the communities and to drive EMS [emergency medical services] forward. [00:02:01]

Atour Eyvazian: [00:02:01] As an entrepreneur and business owner and University of Phoenix graduate, I know the quality of education that University of Phoenix brings to my employees. [00:02:08]

Norman: [00:02:09] University of Phoenix works collaboratively with a number of subject matter experts throughout our organization to make sure that they completely understood the industry, and then developed curriculum that would help us build that bench strength. [00:02:21]

Sibella: [00:02:21] An educated workforce in our industry is very important today because it's so competitive. We're all doing the same thing. We're trying to create guest experiences. So the better educated our workforce is, the better advantage we have with our competitors. It's critical in our industry today. [00:02:37]

DiTondo: [00:02:38] When you're getting a degree, you learn so much more beyond just your day-to-day tasks and your job that it helps you to be a better problem-solver. [00:02:47]

Stover DeRocco: [00:02:48] We really need to become lifelong learners and working learners. That is the mission and strategy of University of Phoenix. It allows individuals to earn while they learn and to pursue higher levels of education. [00:03:03]

[End of Video]

Together, we can build a better workforce.

Companies of all sizes and industries are partnering with University of Phoenix to provide their employees with the knowledge they need to drive their businesses forward. With the education they receive at University of Phoenix, your employees will learn how to think critically and solve for today’s challenges while anticipating tomorrow’s.

Our impressive body of more than 32,000 faculty members—who bring an average of 14 years of industry experience to the classroom—will help your employees understand how to navigate the complexities of a rapidly changing business environment.

Education. More than just an employee benefit—it’s a strategic investment.

An education partnership with University of Phoenix can help you develop employees who accelerate in today’s global economy—while demonstrating your commitment to their success.

See how we’re helping to strengthen organizations like yours every day.


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Hitachi Data Systems

Discover how our degree programs have benefited Hitachi Data Systems' workforce, enabling employees to see the big picture.

Jack in the Box

Learn how our educational partnership with Jack in the Box, Inc. supports its workforce development strategy.

Educating employees to meet the demands of a changing world

While the University of Phoenix experience is consistent across our local campuses and learning centers nationwide, what each employee takes away from their experience is uniquely their own.

Knowledge you can use

“My degree really helped complement my working knowledge and back it up with theory. Whether it’s from statistics or project management or one of the other business courses I took, I still count on these theories today.”
Bill Martin, Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Business Administration — Chief Information Officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

Instructors with real-world experience

“My instructors taught me about creating a business, like in the real world. Even after I graduated, I called up one of my [instructors] and he gave me advice on business. I had instructors who cared, and this helped me tremendously.”
Atour Eyvazian, MBA — Franchise owner, Jack in the Box, Inc.

Real-world collaboration

“People gain a lot more from each other,” says Darel. “I was in a legal class with a legal assistant and he helped me see the real world side of things. Then we were in a technology class and I was able to give him insight. You learn much more that way than from a PowerPoint or a textbook.”
Darel Ison, MBA — Account Consultant, Hitachi Data Systems

Flexibility when you need it

"With my consulting work, I was spending a lot of time in Tucson and Phoenix, and lived between the two cities. University of Phoenix allowed me to [attend classes in both locations]. I did my coursework for one year at the campus in Phoenix, and the other year in Tucson."
Edward Van Horne, MBA — Regional Chief Executive Officer, American Medical Response

In today’s economy, knowledge is power.

Let us help you build a competitive workforce that’s prepared to meet the challenges of the new economy. To learn more about the custom-tailored education solutions we can provide you, call our Workforce Solutions team at 800.433.3180.

The use of the phrase education partner or education partnership is for marketing purposes only and is not intended to create a legal partnership.

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CLO recognition

University of Phoenix received prestigious Chief Learning Officer awards for academic excellence and community leadership through our partnership with Emergency Medical Services Corp. and work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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