Cook Group has announced a new partnership with the non-profit, online Western Governors University (WGU). All U.S. Cook employees, including those in Indiana, will be eligible for a five percent tuition discount for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in IT, business, teacher education and health professions, including nursing. The discount will allow employees who enroll at WGU to spend as little as $500 for a bachelor’s degree or $800 for a master’s degree per year, with the help of Cook’s tuition assistance program.
“With our My Cook Pathway program, Cook has made it a priority to invest in employees through education,” said Pete Yonkman, president of Cook Group and Cook Medical. “Tuition assistance and partnerships with universities like WGU make it possible for more Cook employees to reach their full potential in their careers and in their lives.”
The partnership is an expansion of the award-winning My Cook Pathway program, a workforce initiative started by Cook in 2016. My Cook Pathway also includes partnerships with Ivy Tech Community College’s Achieve Your Degree program and Monroe County Community School Corporation’s Adult Education program through Broadview Learning Center.
Cook employees who enroll in any of WGU’s degree programs will receive a five percent discount toward WGU’s tuition of approximately $6,000 annually. Cook provides employees $5,250 up-front on an annual basis for all degree programs approved for tuition assistance.
“We are committed to making high-quality, affordable higher education accessible to more Hoosier adults who want to return to college,” said WGU Indiana’s Chancellor Allison Barber. “We’re very excited about the partnership with Cook, because it’s a great example of an employer investing in the future of its workforce. WGU Indiana’s competency-based education model prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the workplace and enables working adults to fulfill their dream of earning a college degree.”
About Cook Medical
Since 1963, Cook Medical has worked closely with physicians to develop technologies that eliminate the need for open surgery. Today, we are combining medical devices, biologic materials and cellular therapies to help the world's healthcare systems deliver better outcomes more efficiently. We have always remained family owned so that we have the freedom to focus on what we care about: patients, our employees and our communities. Find out more at www.cookmedical.com, and for the latest news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About WGU Indiana
WGU Indiana offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs in business, education, information technology and healthcare, including nursing. The non-profit university’s competency-based model allows students to accelerate through coursework at their own pace. In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recognized WGU Indiana for its contributions to the Commission’s “Reaching Higher, Achieving More” agenda for excellence in academic quality. The university was also recognized as one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2013. In 2014, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ranked WGU’s secondary teacher preparation program first for quality, among 2,400 schools. According to a 2014 Gallup study, WGU graduates are more likely than graduates from other U.S. universities to have the jobs they want, feel engaged at work and have an emotional attachment to their alma mater. For more information about WGU Indiana, visit www.indiana.wgu.edu.