Thinking About Going Back to School? LSS Can Help!

LSS encourages employees to continue developing their professional skills by providing educational assistance towards LSS-related skills and knowledge, by offering four different educational assistance programs. Below are general overviews of each program for you to review and determine which program is right for you (you may only request assistance from one program at a time). For more detailed information regarding any of the LSS educational assistance programs, please refer to the formal HR Policies for each individual program.

Tuition Reimbursement
Under the Tuition Reimbursement program, full-time employees may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in educational assistance if they are pursuing post-secondary education and working towards a degree and/or a certificate that will prepare for them any LSS position.  Educational assistance may be provided to assist with the cost of tuition only, and will be paid after the student successfully completes each class. All requests must be submitted and approved before any classes or programs begin. Additional terms and conditions that apply to this program, including requirements for repayment, may be found in the HR Policy “Tuition Reimbursement” on LSSLink, and it is the employee’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with the policy for which they must comply.

Nursing Scholarship Program
Full-time nursing employees may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in educational assistance if they are pursuing a nursing degree (i.e. LPN, ADN, BSN and/or MSN).  Educational assistance may be provided to assist with the cost of tuition only, and may be paid to the student upfront (i.e. prior to the class beginning).   All requests must be submitted and approved before any classes or programs begin. Additional terms and conditions that apply to this program, including requirements for repayment, may be found in the HR Policy “Nursing Scholarship Program” on LSSLink, and it is the employee’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with the policy for which they must comply.

Educational Assistance – Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) & Certified Medication Technician (CMT) Programs
Under the CNA & CMT educational assistance program, full-time and part-time employees may be eligible for educational assistance to pursue their C.N.A. and/or C.M.T. certification. For a C.N.A. program, this benefit provides up to $725 towards the cost of tuition, exams and materials, as well as regular pay for time spent in class (up to 75 hours) and clinicals (up to 100 hours). For a C.M.T. program, this benefit provides up to $490 towards the cost of tuition, exams and materials, as well as regular pay for time spent in class (up to 64 hours) and clinicals (up to 8 hours). All requests must be submitted and approved before any classes or programs begin. Additional terms and conditions that apply to this program, including requirements for repayment, may be found in the HR Policy “Educational Assistance – C.N.A. and C.M.T. Programs” on LSSLink, and it is the employee’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with the policy for which they must comply.

Deciding on a CNA or CMT School? The Senior Care Network Academy is a great option for LSS staff who are able to attend a program in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Senior Care Network was established in 2015 as a partner school of LSS, offering a great education at a significantly discounted price for staff of LSS. Located at LSS Mason Pointe, the costs for tuition and supplies are set a level that will be covered 100% by the LSS educational assistance program described above. To learn more, visit www.cnatrainingacademystl.com.

Ruth & Willis Piehl Educational Awards

Under the Ruth & Willis Piehl Educational Awards program, all LSS employees  (except those in a PRN status) may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in educational assistance for any schooling that will enhance their career options at LSS. The Piehl Awards covers tuition costs (for GED, English as a Second Language, and certification programs), as well as books, supplies, and fees.  All requests must be submitted and approved before any classes or programs begin.  Additional terms and conditions that apply to this program, including requirements for repayment, may be found in the Program Overview provided on www.lsslife.com/benefits, and it is the employee’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with the policy for which they must comply.

For more information, speak with your HR Representative! We’ll be highlighting each of these education assistance programs in the weeks ahead!