The Davey Tree Expert Co. is partnering with a university’s branch campus to offer a program allowing employees to earn an associate degree.
In conjunction with Kent State University Trumbull, Davey employees may earn an associate’s degree through a combination of Davey in-house training and academic course work.
R.J. Laverne, Davey’s manager of education and training, called the program an opportunity for Davey employees to further their professional development utilizing the resources of Davey’s training as a foundation.
“We have a strong history of employee education at Davey and this is the next step,” he said. “This program will allow employees to earn credentials from the university by building on their work-related training.”
“This is an excellent opportunity for individuals to get up to 30 college credits for the professional development they receive in the Davey Tree apprenticeship program,” said KSU Trumbull Dean Wanda Thomas. “These credits can be applied toward the associate degree emphasizing coursework in management and supervision. The associate degree credits can then be applied to a bachelor degree. It is an outstanding example of a partnership between business and the university that addresses the ongoing professional development skills that employees need in the 21st century.”
The Kent State Trumbull portion of the program requires the completion of 32 credits earned in a mix of general studies and management-based courses. The additional 30 credits required can be met by completing Davey training such as extension lessons or attendance at the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences. The Davey certification is earned in conjunction with an apprenticeship program.
Employees with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for the program, portions of which are available online. Davey employees interested in learning more may contact Sarah Helmick, assistant director, enrollment management and student services at Kent State Trumbull, at 330-675-8961.