Should Organizations Provide Tuition Assistance?

Companies can play a valuable role in the success of the next generation.

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Women 2019, Deshauna Barber, captain for the U.S. Army Reserve and Miss USA 2016, discusses why she believes companies should provide tuition assistance for entry-level workers.

“The next generation deserves the opportunity to not already have a chip on their shoulders as soon as they walk into society,” she explains. “I believe that, first and foremost, what a company can do to be very hospitable to their younger generation is always to have tuition assistance.”

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When we're talking about the next generation, the only way for the economy to continue to flourish is that everyone is being given the same access. So we have to make sure that we understand that the next generation deserves the opportunity to not already have a chip on their shoulders as soon as they walk into society.

You know, if we talk about student loan debt, things along those lines, that alone sets them back years in comparison to the baby boomers and generations before us that did not have to worry about student loan debt at the level that we do.

I believe that, first and foremost, what a company can do to be very hospitable to their younger generation is always to have tuition assistance. That alone. I've been to companies that do not have any way to assist with someone going to school, even if the education that they're achieving actually will help them in the position that they have at that company.

We're looking at the way that we treat our planet, these things are very important, and it's not even just the next generation. It could be five generations from now. What are we doing to make their ability to be successful, the ability to be healthy, what are we doing to make sure that they have access and that they're given a fair chance?
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Captain Deshauna Barber

Captain Deshauna Barber is a logistics commander in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2016, Deshauna became the first Miss USA to currently serve in the U.S. military. She spent her yearlong reign partnering with the USO, Smile Train, Best Bu...

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