Nebraska to offer community college benefit

New Nebraska employee college help program
New Nebraska employee college help program
Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 9:18 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday morning announced a tuition reimbursement for children of state employees.

The initiative, called the Children of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement Program, is part of a new partnership with Nebraska’s community colleges — and one officials hope will serve as a recruiting tool for state employees.

“The State of Nebraska strives to be a preferred employer, and we’re continuously upgrading the benefits available to our teammates,” Ricketts said. “The Children of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement Program is our latest enhancement. It makes career-focused higher education even more affordable for our teammates’ families.”

Slated to begin during the upcoming summer sessions, the benefit will cover all remaining tuition costs after other funding sources, like grants and scholarships, have been applied.

The governor was joined at his news conference by Jason Jackson, Nebraska’s chief human resources officer; and Dr. Paul Illich, president of Southeast Community College in Lincoln.

“The benefits package that the State of Nebraska offers to our teammates is already highly competitive compared to our peer states,” Jackson said.  “This program provides another way for us to not only enhance our current teammates’ work experience, but also help recruit and retain a strong workforce in state government.”

Dr. Illich, speaking Monday on behalf of all Nebraska community colleges, said the program will provide a steady stream of incoming students for career and technical programs at community colleges across the state.

“We are committed to making the community college the top choice for higher education,” he said. “We are also equally committed to ensuring everyone has access to the life-changing benefits of higher education.”

Watch Monday’s news conference

LIVE: Ricketts announces community college benefit

Gov. Pete Ricketts is announcing a tuition reimbursement for “children of state teammates.” The initiative is part of a new partnership with Nebraska’s community colleges, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Details developing here:

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