UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—Penn State and the Sheetz convenience chain based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, have partnered to provide educational benefits to the c-stores’ 20,000 employees, an initiative aimed at helping them complete their college degrees.
According to the university, Sheetz employees and their spouses and legal dependents are eligible for a 5% tuition reduction on undergraduate and graduate degree programs through online or in-person learning at select campuses. The agreement helps further Penn State’s commitment to expanding access to higher education.
The agreement also provides webinars designed for Sheetz employees and access to admissions and student services. Employees and their family members must apply for admission and be accepted to receive the benefits, which can be used at Penn State World Campus, the university’s online campus, or the Altoona and Great Valley facilities.
“Day in and day out, Sheetz strives to create a place where employees know they are valued and have the chance to grow,” said Travis Sheetz, president and COO. “We are proud to partner with Penn State Altoona and Penn State World Campus to offer our employees new educational and growth opportunities.”
Penn State World Campus offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs online in fields such as business, health care, human resources, information technology and more. For years, it has been ranked consistently in the top 10 of U.S. News and World Report’s best online program rankings.
Sheetz employees who have credits from another university can consult with Penn State World Campus staff to determine how to complete their degree. World Campus staff will also work with employees who want to start a new undergraduate or graduate degree.