MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (July 20) — Continental Tire North America Inc. plans to launch a college credit program at its Mount Vernon plant in conjunction with a local college and university that will give employees the opportunity to earn associate degrees.
The program, called Continental University, formalizes a tuition-free pilot program with Rend Lake College at the plant and can be expanded to allow students the opportunity to receive a bachelor´s degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
"It is a meaningful program that promotes higher education and advances employees´ career paths at Continental, and one that also promotes the exchange of knowledge and ideas and cultivates a high-performance culture in the work place," said Heinz-Gerhard Wente, executive board member and global head of human resources of Continental A.G.
Continental University is an easy and affordable way to gain higher education, the company said. Its mission is to contribute to the development and career advancement of employees and to align their studies with specialized business needs. All employees are eligible to attend classes on-site where Conti has provided classroom space and, together with Rend Lake, state-of-the-art equipment.
The concept was created by Continental A.G. in 2005 and is part of the company´s global strategy of lifelong learning and education support for employees. Similar programs have been launched in nine other facilities, including those in Mexico, the Philippines and Romania. The program at Mount Vernon is the company´s first in the U.S.