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JM Family Offers Associates Full Tuition to Florida Atlantic University

Company Fosters Environment of Continuous Learning with Online Degrees for Associates Across the U.S.

There are many valid reasons adults have for not pursuing college degrees: An all-consuming, full-time job; a busy family life; the cost of tuition.
 
JM Family Enterprises has now removed some of those obstacles for its associates by offering a full ride for undergraduate and graduate degrees and certifications through a new, customized partnership with Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and its FAU Edu-Vantage Partner Program. With this new benefit, the company’s 4,300 full-time associates are eligible to enroll in online and on-campus studies offered through FAU starting this Fall.
 
Although JM Family has offered college tuition reimbursement to its associates for several decades, students paid upfront and were limited to reimbursement of $5,000 per year for undergraduate courses and $7,000 for graduate degrees.
 
Under this new partnership with FAU, there is:
 - No limit to the number of classes an associate can take
 - No upfront payment
 - Full tuition, books and fees are all covered directly by JM Family; no out-of-pocket expenses for associates
 - No location constraints since classes can be taken online for associates at all locations: Mobile, Ala.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; St. Louis, Mo.; Jacksonville, Fla; field associates across North America, as well JM Family’s South Florida associates
 - Dedicated support for JM Family students through FAU’s Executive Education department

 
“At JM Family, we believe it’s important to foster an environment of continuous learning so our associates are constantly building capacity, remaining agile and well-positioned for changes in the marketplace,” said Brent Burns, president and CEO of JM Family, who is also an FAU alumni and member of the Board of Trustees. “Associates are our most important asset and our biggest competitive advantage. We want to provide them with the tools they need to excel. Their success is our success.”
 
JM Family has internally branded the program as nextGRAD, emphasizing the ongoing journey associates can take to continuously learn and improve. Eligible coursework was chosen to align with the business needs of JM Family, and some of the available courses include:

Undergraduate:
 - Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
 - Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
 - Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
 - Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with a concentration in Leadership and Applied Managerial Skills
 - Computer Science (B.S.)


Graduate Online Offerings:
 - Online MBA - General
 - Online MBA - Finance, MIS, Ops Mgmt, International Business
 - Master of Accounting or Tax


Certifications:
 - Big Data Analytics

JM Family is the first partner in FAU’s Edu-Vantage Partner Program. The partner program works with employers and corporate community partners to provide employees the opportunity to achieve their educational and professional goals while maintaining full-time careers, family responsibilities and numerous other life commitments. 

The FAU Edu-Vantage Partner Program will be managed by the College of Business Executive Education Department, which provides concierge service and dedicated support for working professionals.

“We are truly excited to launch the FAU Edu-Vantage Partner Program with JM Family Enterprises as our first partner,” said Daniel Gropper, dean of the College of Business. “JM Family is recognized as one of the best workplaces in the nation, and we are pleased that FAU can provide educational programs for their associates.”

“JM Family has been a great partner of Executive Education for over a decade, and we are looking forward to continue to assist their associates,” said Vegar Wiik, executive director of Executive Education in FAU’s College of Business.

About JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc., founded by Jim Moran in 1968, is a $16.4 billion automotive company ranked No. 21 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. It is also ranked No. 17 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, its 21st consecutive year on the list. JM Family has more than 4,300 associates and its primary subsidiaries include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota vehicles; JM&A Group, one of the leading independent providers of finance and insurance (F&I) products in the automotive industry; Southeast Toyota Finance and DataScan, both part of World Omni Financial Corp., a diversified financial services company; and JM Lexus. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., JM Family has major U.S. operations in Jacksonville and Margate, Fla.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; and St. Louis, Mo. Interact with JM Family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.