Aligning meaningful education programs to career pathways for current and next-generation jobs

Pearson’s approach allows companies to design educational assistance benefits to meet the needs of each of the unique workforces in the organization. If you desire a complete outsource of the program or simply require new plug-and-play strategies, Pearson can work with you to design the right program for your population, focused on the specific needs, pathways, and success strategies for your employees.

Providing debt-free* education to frontline workers doesn’t mean your corporation must pay the full cost. Pearson works on your behalf with academic partner institutions to maximize the return on your Tuition Assistance Benefits.  This includes negotiating lower tuition rates and customizing program offerings to meet with both your talent development needs and employee interests.  This enables your employees to pursue their educational goals without taking on debt.

Designed for working adults looking to take their first step back onto the pathway of educational attainment, the program delivers a full set of tools that employees need to prepare and pass the GED Test.

Companies benefit from this program through:

  • A more skilled, better prepared workforce
  • A valuable new benefit to attract employees
  • Simple, affordable price per employee
  • Reporting and tracking of employee engagement and performance.

Leading companies such as Wal-Mart, Taco Bell, KFC, and Southeastern Grocers have made GEDWorks (an innovative program from GED Testing Service, a joint venture between the American Council on Education and Pearson), the cornerstone of their investments in frontline workforces.


Pearson’s Accelerated Pathways Debt-Free* Associate’s Degree brings together employer tuition assistance benefits and a network of regionally accredited college partners to deliver high-quality Associate’s Degrees.

This program helps our customers’ employees overcome barriers to entry with future skills development by avoiding the personal debt and other work/life trade-offs that can hinder successful outcomes.

Key Services include:

  • Access to Education Partner Network
  • Employee Enrollment Support
  • Tailored Online Courseware
  • Online Tutoring and Student Support
  • Outcomes and ROI Tracking

Many frontline workers are on their way to earning a degree.  Over 31 million Americans have earned college credit, but have not completed a Bachelor’s Degree program due to financial concerns.

Pearson Accelerated Pathways’ low cost Bachelor’s Degree program is delivered through a select number of academic partners that focus on degree completion for the working adult learner and leverages academic advising services, generous acceptance of previously earned credits, prior learning assessment and a managed cost of instruction to lower the overall cost of attaining a college degree.

We work with employers to leverage their existing tuition assistance programs, resulting in a lower-cost education for the employee.

For organizations who do not have a tuition assistance program, but have learners who want to build on previous earned credits to maximize the number of credits they can transfer into an institution or to get back into the process of learning, Pearson’s Propero courses provide a self-paced approach to learning that carry the credit recommendation of the American Council on Education (ACE).

Each of the more than 40 college-level, general education, and introductory courses includes: online course material; eTextbook; interactive lesson presentations; audio-to-go podcasts; personal student success coach; 10 hours of live, on-demand tutoring (for most courses); personalized study guides; user-specific pacing charts; audio/video components; and interactive “Check Your Understanding” exercises/quizzes.

Our academic advisors work with learners taking Pearson Propero courses to:

  • Ensure the learning is relevant to career goals/objectives
  • Select courses that will add to credits they have already earned
  • Validate learners will receive credits for their Pearson Propero coursework

Pearson currently has deep partnerships with more than 300 leading academic institutions, such as Arizona State University Online, Northeastern, Rutgers, and others to deliver fully online Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs.

With our preferred partner network, we take the guesswork out of selecting the right partners and the right degree programs for your organization.  We will design a partner network that meets the needs of your organization, both for today and for the future.

Education is often a local decision, and many organizations choose to provide employees complete and open choice in how to leverage educational assistance benefits. Pearson can be your partner, managing and administering such a program, while still leveraging a range of strategies (debt free, low cost, self-paced) for specific workforces. Our goal is not to be an “either-or” strategy. We can complement and add to a targeted strategy to drive engagement, retention and skill attainments for the parts of your workforce that would most benefit from these strategies.

We can work with your existing management resources to ensure the strategies we are delivering work in your existing processes, or we can manage the entire program for you.

While many our value-added services are embedded in our offerings, we can also offer them as discrete, a la carte services, including:

  • Program Management
  • Academic Advising
  • Tuition Reimbursement Management
  • Program Consulting
  • Education Attainment Survey