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The Piedmonitor. online resource (None) 1951-19??, February 01, 1981, Image 6

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6 Piedmont Piedmont People Learning by Degrees Three nights a week, at the stroke of six, Winston-Salem em ployees, books in hand, become college degree candidates merely by taking a seat in a classroom at our Aerospace Institute. These employees, enrolled in courses ranging from microeco nomics to astronomy, are partici pating in an innovative program being offered by the Piedmont Area Evening Degree Association (PAEDA), a consortium of nine companies in the Winston-Salem area that was organized through Piedmont’s leadership. The associ ation’s purpose is to offer employ ees — over 15,000 people — a convenient way to earn an under graduate degree. The formal four-year curriculum and faculty are provided by High Point College. Bachelor degrees in behavioral science, business ad ministration, English/communica tion, psychology and sociology are offered to full-time employees of PAEDA members. Thirty-one Pied mont employees — 14 full-time (taking two courses) and 17 part- time (one course) — were enrolled in the program’s first session last September. "An employee can complete two courses by attending classes three evenings a week for eight consecu tive weeks," explained Doug Smith, employee relations, who is serving as vice president for PAE DA. "Six eight-week sessions are of fered during the year, and classes begin at 6 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings,” he said. “It’s possible for an employee with no prior college credits to complete the requirements for a degree in only three and a half years." Assistance is available through Piedmont's tuition aid program. "Comments from the students have been very positive,” said Smith. “We’re also delighted with the hundreds of inquiries from companies and colleges across the country. We believe this is the only association of its kind, and we’re excited about being a part of it.” Interested in getting your college degree but worried about meeting all the expenses? Want to take a course which will help you in your job but need some assistance? More than 75 Piedmont employ ees from around the system went back to school last year and re ceived financial assistance totaling more than $10,000 under the Company’s new tuition aid pro gram. The plan, effective March 1, 1980, is available to all permanent full-time and intermediate employ ees who have one year of continu ous service with Piedmont. If you’re seeking a bachelor Piedmont employees enrolled in an English class taught by a professor from High Point College are: (1st row, I to r) John Martin. CRO: J. D. Storch. Business Aircraft: Flight Attendant Kathy Presley: Ray Welch. Personnel. (2nd row) Brenda Peck. CRO: Phyllis Highsmith. CRO: Virginia Cooper. CRO: David Johnson. Purchasing. (3rd row] Billy Neal. Business Aircraft: and Don Tedder. CRO. degree, attending the Piedmont Aerospace Institute, or pursuing a masters degree directly related to your present job, you can receive up to S500 a year in aid from Piedmont. Non-degree candidates are eligible for up to S300 in aid. If you’re interested in taking courses by correspondence or plan to participate in a seminar-type training program, you may be eligible to receive up to $100 in benefits. Your department head, depart ment officer, and the vice presi- dent-employee relations must ap prove your courses before you begin class. Any accredited col leges and universities or state licensed business or technical schools are eligible. If location, work shift or travel requirements would keep you from classroom attendance, you may be eligible to take correspondence courses. Classes should not interfere with your regular job at Piedmont. You’ll be reimbursed for your course work depending on your grades. A grade of "A" or “B” will ensure 85 percent reimbursement: a “C” or “Pass," 60 percent; a “D," 50 percent, and for failed courses, no reimbursement. The Company will pay 50 percent of the cost for required textbooks when you suc cessfully complete a course. Any questions? Contact Doug Smith, employee relations, exten sion 360, INT. It’s cheaper by the dozen that’s what employees have found out who are participating in Pied mont's vanpooling program. Each day, Monday through Fri day, three 12-passenger vans pro vide commuter transportation for 32 employees who live at least 10 miles from the Winston-Salem offi ces. The benefits are numerous. The monthly fare is approximately one-third the cost of driving alone, parking problems are eliminated, and employees can sit back and relax to and from work. Pictured is the "Plemmons Clemmons ’ van driven by Jim Plemmons, Stockroom, with riders (1 to r) Susan Siefert, Joyce Meeks, and Sharon York (all in Account ing), and Roy Raines, Mainte nance. This spring Piedmont will be participating with other busi nesses in a ridesharing program sponsored by the City of Winston Salem. Information on the project will soon be available for interest ed employees. Any station that wants to es tablish a similar vanpool pro gram should conduct a feasibility study first, taking into considera tion work shifts, how close em ployees hue to each other, and cost factors. In addition, a van must be at least 75% full before a real savings can be realized by an employee. Employees actually pay for the van through the fares. Direct any questions you may have concerning such a program to Doug Smith. Ext. 360. INT. You can bank on a 737 Tired of checks that look like everyone else’s? Now you can order checks for your own person al use with Piedmont’s 737 in the background. Bank checks have been created especially for Piedmont Airlines through Identity Check Com pany’s “Plane Checks" program. You can have a more personalized check and one that promotes Pied- morit. These checks are designed to meet the requirements of any bank. To order, fill out the form below, write out your check, and include a deposit slip from the same account. Be sure to include both a check and deposit slip so that your new checks will be compati ble with your bank’s computer and American Bank Association specifications. On gift orders, send your check and mark his/her check VOID. Envelopes with a window in the top left hand corner to show your name and return address are available for mailing your checks. One hundred envelopes per 200 checks are suggested. Allow three to four weeks for delivery. ACTIVATE my order for PIEDMONT 737 CHECKS as follows: □ 200 checks S7.50 □ 400 checks S 13.50 $ - (deposits, and check registers are included) □ Checkbook cover $.50 (if needed) $ . “Nn-Knss" mailing envelopes at .m 0^ per .Sf) $ (We suggest 100 env. for 200 checks) □ RUSH SHIPPING S' HANDLING (optional) ft (3.00) TOTAL ENCL. $ SHIP TO: ADDRESS CITY STATF, ZIP Send to: Identity Check Company Box 149-D Park Ridge, IL 60068

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