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Brandman University tapped by The Walt Disney Company to offer educational benefits to hourly Disney employees nationwide

September 25, 2018

The following content first appeared on the news page while UMass Global operated under its former name of Brandman University.

Disney is the latest innovative employer to offer access to Brandman University through a partnership with Guild Education  

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 25, 2018 – Brandman University is once again working with a leading employer to expand access for adult working students to high quality bachelor’s degrees. Brandman University, a leading Southern California-based career-oriented education institution is working with The Walt Disney Company to provide Disney employees access to online undergraduate and master’s degree programs, including the university’s self-paced Competency-Based Education modality Brandman MyPath™.

Disney's Goofy celebrates with Brandman University Assistant Vice Chancellor for Business Development Matthew Venegas.

The Walt Disney Company launched Disney Aspire in August as a comprehensive education program focused on the career development of Disney’s employees. Through Disney Aspire, more than 80,000 full-time and part-time hourly employees, who have more than 90 days of service, will be eligible to have 100 percent of their tuition paid up front, as well as have required textbooks and course materials, plus application and program fees covered in full by Disney. Disney employees may apply to one of several undergraduate or master’s degree programs offered at Brandman University in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business & Professional Studies, Education and Nursing & Health Professions. 

“The fact that Brandman University is partnering with three major global brand signals not only a change in approach to employee benefits and tuition assistance programs, but a welcome shift to tapping institutions skilled in providing the resources adult students need to succeed,” said Gary Brahm, Chancellor and CEO of Brandman University. “Brandman University was founded specifically to meet the needs of adult students, and we look forward to helping Disney employees both in our local community and nationwide realize the achievement of a degree and future success.”   

Disney Aspire is the latest in a wave of innovative employer education partnerships announced this year. Walmart and Discover Financial Services also announced programs that support employees in earning a degree debt-free at Brandman University. All three employer partnerships are supported through Guild Education, the leading education benefits platform, with Brandman University being the exclusive Competency-Based Education provider. 

“At The Walt Disney Company we strive to empower and support employees in their professional and personal lives,” said Jayne Parker, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for The Walt Disney Company. “We are constantly looking at ways to help people realize their ambitions and fulfill their dreams, and, as part of that, we are proud to offer Disney Aspire, the most comprehensive program of its kind.”

Visit Brandman.edu to learn more about its academic programs that meet the unique needs of adult students and working professionals.

About Brandman University:
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves 12,000 students annually with programs available at more than 25 campuses throughout California and Washington and online, and through Brandman MyPath , our self-paced online competency-based education modality. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. For additional information, visit http://www.brandman.edu.  

About The Walt Disney Company:
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company with operations in four business segments: Media Networks, Studio Entertainment, Direct-to-Consumer and International; and Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $55.1 billion in its Fiscal Year 2017. https://www.thewaltdisneycompany.com/press-releases/

About Guild Education: 
Guild is transforming the way companies offer Education as a Benefit to their workers. Guild's Education Benefits Platform provides technology that makes offering education benefits and tuition reimbursement an easy choice for leading companies, helping HR leaders turn their education cost centers into a positive ROI. Guild's Education Network of online, nonprofit universities and learning providers offers a range of programs from GEDs through bachelor's and master's degrees, along with advising and retention coaching to help each student navigate the worlds of work and college.


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