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November 8, 2012
Disney Helps Employees Pursue Higher Education Through Education Reimbursement
By David Gill, The Walt Disney Company
Education is an important theme here at Disney, whether its developing educational products, supporting education-based nonprofits or, even, helping employees pursue higher education.
I recently got a chance to connect with Courtney Cappa, a senior manager in Disney’s internal audit group, who is utilizing the company’s education reimbursement program to pursue a masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management.
Courtney shares, “As I've thought about my career development, I always believed that it would be a good idea to pursue an MBA. While looking at my options, it was incredible to hear that Disney would help me pay for a degree. With the high cost of education, its not something I could have done on my own.”
Education reimbursement is available to most full-time employees and covers some or all education costs, depending on where the employee attends school. Disney’s education reimbursement program is a win-win, benefiting both the employee and the company.
“The MBA program has given me a lot of new analytical and organizational skills that I‘ve already put to use. Project management is a big part of my role and I’ve found that oftentimes I can take leadership concepts from a class and apply them a week later.”
In her role, Courtney travels the world working on a variety of projects that support the company’s media networks – including ABC, ESPN and Disney Channel.
“Balancing work and school keeps me busy, but I love it. My leaders have been supportive from the day I decided to pursue the degree, and that’s something I’ve really appreciated.”
Courtney graduates from the three-year program next year.
“The education reimbursement program makes me feel good about working for The Walt Disney Company – that the company is looking out for my personal interests. I love what I do here, and my hope is that this degree will help me to pursue new opportunities at Disney in the future.”
As Courtney and I wrapped up our conversation she wanted to add just one last thing, “Go Bruins!”
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