INDIANAPOLIS – WGU Indiana announces today an expanded partnership with Cook Group to provide their employees with the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree with no out-of-pocket costs. The new opportunity is part of the education component of My Cook Pathway, Cook’s award-winning workforce development program.
“We’re thrilled about our growing partnership with Cook Group,” said WGU Indiana Chancellor Alison Bell. “With programs like My Cook Pathway, their employees have the opportunity to advance their career by earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree at no cost to them.”
Beginning June 1, any Cook Group employee graduating with an associate’s degree from Ivy Tech Community College can attend WGU to earn a bachelor’s degree for free if they begin within six months of graduating from Ivy Tech. Employees who graduate with a bachelor’s degree from WGU can continue their education and earn a master’s degree from WGU at no cost if they begin within 12 months of graduating.
Prior to the My Cook Pathway program, employees received $5,250 yearly tuition assistance from Cook and were responsible for about $1,200 out-of-pocket to earn a bachelor’s degree and about $2,200 out of pocket for a master’s degree. With the expanded partnership with WGU, current Cook employees will be able to apply for the Healthcare Partner Scholarship through Cook to cover the tuition difference at WGU for either a bachelor’s or master’s degree program, regardless of their previous schooling.