Sheetz increases college tuition assistance program for all employees

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ALTOONA, Pa. (WFXR) — On Tuesday morning, Sheetz announced that it will more than triple the amount of money provided to employees enrolled in the company’s College Tuition Reimbursement program.

According to a statement released on Sheetz’s behalf on Tuesday, Oct. 19, the company will now provide $5,250 per year — $2,625 per semester — for employees enrolled in the tuition assistance program. This is an $3,750 higher than the amount Sheetz used to offer through the program.

The company says Sheetz employees are eligible to participate in this program, which was launched nearly 30 years ago to encourage employees to pursue further education and provide opportunities for career development.

“Investing in our employees personally and professionally is an important pillar of our culture,” said Stephanie Doliveira, VP of Human Resources at Sheetz. “Through this tuition reimbursement investment, we hope to lighten the financial burden of attending college for our employees, while also encouraging them to grow their careers with Sheetz.”  

According to Tuesday’s statement, Sheetz has processed more than 7,000 applications to its College Tuition Reimbursement program since 2012.

“Sheetz’s tuition reimbursement program has been beneficial to me as I continue my education,” said Vanessa Rose Casado, Employee Relations Specialist for Sheetz. “It has helped me relieve the financial burden of paying for classes and has allowed me to focus on juggling school, work and my family. It also pushed me to work harder to make my work family proud.”

The increase in tuition reimbursement is reportedly set to go into effect for all Sheetz employees during the fall 2021 semester.

Company representatives say they expect to receive approximately 400 applications to the program for the fall semester.

“The program has helped me minimize my student loans by helping me pay for next semester’s tuition. The program has also helped me buy books for next semester,” said Dana Long, System Support Technician for Sheetz, who has used the program before and is currently looking to continue her education because of the increased tuition reimbursement.

Through the program, Sheetz says it partners with 27 colleges and universities to arrange tuition discounts for employees. In addition, Sheetz offers multiple scholarships to the employees — as well as the employees’ children and stepchildren — through the company’s scholarship program, The Big Joe Scholarship Fund.

As a way to continue investing in its employees, Sheetz also offers competitive pay and benefits packages to employees, including medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, quarterly bonuses, an employee stock ownership plan, and vacation time, according to the company.

You can apply for positions at Sheetz locations in your area by clicking here.

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