Education is the key to job advancement and a more fulfilling career. The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation is dedicated to helping individuals achieve their goals by providing the opportunity to enhance job skills and education by assisting with the cost of tuition.
Our goal is to help people employed in the industry gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to improve their performance and increase their chances for advancement within the industry.
Employees taking courses that enhance their job knowledge and/or courses that support their career aspirations in the grocery or grocery-related manufacturing industries are eligible to receive up to $200 of tuition reimbursement per course. Each employee may receive up to $1,000 annually. Classes may be taken through seminars, workshops, community colleges, accredited colleges and universities, or online programs.
What is the tuition reimbursement program?
The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation’s Tuition Reimbursement Program provides reimbursement for the educational endeavors of AGA member company employees.
What is the reimbursement process? How do I apply?
Simply complete a Tuition Reimbursement Program application and have it signed by your direct supervisor or human resources representative. Submit the agreement, along with proof of course ending dates, a tuition receipt and grade or proof of completion, to the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation within two months from the end of the course. If reimbursement is granted by the Approval Committee, a check and congratulatory letter will be sent to your supervisor who will present the check to you.
Who is eligible for the program?
The program is available to AGA member employees who work an average of 20 or more hours per week and have been employed by an AGA member company for a minimum of one year.
What kinds of courses qualify?
Courses need to enhance your job knowledge and/or support your career aspirations in the grocery or grocery-related manufacturing industries to be eligible for reimbursement. Completion of the course must result in the student receiving a grade or certificate of completion to prove subject mastery.
Course work completed to maintain a license, such as the Food Safety Manager Certificate, are not eligible for reimbursement. Seminars, webinars, workshops, professional exams and conference registrations are not eligible for reimbursement. Employer-sponsored course work is not eligible for reimbursement.
I COMPLETED SEVERAL COURSES AT ONE TIME. DO I NEED A SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR EACH COURSE?
Yes. Each application is closely evaluated to determine whether reimbursement should be granted based on the information provided.