Enabling Employee Success

Jun 8th, 2015

Melissa Watton

Enabling Employee Success

Michael Foley has been working at Memorial for 11 years. He has been dedicated to advancing his education and has a diploma from the College of the North Atlantic; however, he never fulfilled his dream of receiving a degree…..until now. 

 With the help of Memorial and the university’s funding to cover the cost of one academic credit course per semester, Mr. Foley was proud to walk across the stage of the Arts and Culture Centre and receive a Bachelor of Technology in Engineering and Applied Science Technology degree at convocation this spring.

“To hear my name called out at convocation was validation of what I have been working towards for a long time. While I finished my last courses in April, receiving the diploma has made this achievement official,” said Mr. Foley. 

Mr. Foley was driven to complete his degree and took additional courses each semester above what was covered by the per course funding program. He also did courses year round and, as a result, he finished his degree in 2.5 years!

“Juggling working full-time, taking classes and having young children has been a challenge at times. I have to credit my colleagues and the management in my department (Facilities Management) as well as my wife and children for my ability to complete the degree so quickly. Everyone has been understanding and helpful throughout the last few years.”

Receiving this particular degree is a natural progression for Mr. Foley. The diploma he had from CNA was a prerequisite for this program and all of the courses he took tied in with his daily work. Overall it was a great fit.

Mr. Foley’s passion for learning has had him avail of other learning and development opportunities at Memorial over the last few years. He has also successfully completed the Supervisory Skills Development Program, the Legacy Leadership Program and Memorial Manages.

Heather Stamp Nunes, manager of learning and development with Memorial’s Department of Human Resources said, “Human Resources offers a number of great learning and development opportunities throughout the year. I would encourage anyone interested in either academic or non-academic development opportunities to check out ourwebsite or contact us at training@mun.ca.”

The funding program Mr. Foley availed of is open to all Memorial permanent employees, academic staff members, and contractual employees whose contract (or series of contracts) is for a period greater than six months. These eligible employees can apply to have the equivalent of either one undergraduate course (up to a maximum cost of $255) or one graduate course (up to a maximum cost of $486) paid for each semester (fall, winter, spring/summer) a course is taken. Approval for all financial assistance for credit courses must be obtained prior to the semester for which assistance is requested. To obtain approval, employees are required to complete the Application for Financial Assistance for Memorial University Credit Course Form which is available on my.mun.ca.

For more information on employee learning and development at Memorial, please consult the Employee Training & Development policy.



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