updated: 7/23/2012 3:34:14 PM
A partnership between Taylor University and Fort Wayne-based Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. has trained more than 50 employees through a continuing education program. The company says the four-year Professional Development Training initiative offered a "unique" way to earn MBA credits.
July 23, 2012
UPLAND, Ind. - Taylor University and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company recently wrapped up a partnership which helped 51 Brotherhood Mutual employees continue their education.
Leaders from Taylor's MBA Program and Brotherhood Mutual worked together to create a unique program combining classroom learning with real-world, on-the-job projects. In completing the program, employees received the opportunity to earn CEU credit or MBA credit. Three groups of employees completed the Professional Development Training during the course of the four-year partnership, which finished in July 2012.
"We wanted a meaningful training program that would be useful for employees and the company," says Kathleen Turpin, vice president, human resources at Brotherhood Mutual. "The PDP is designed to encourage participants to ask questions, get involved, and take initiative. We've uncovered skills and talents within our workforce that we didn’t know we had, and we’re putting them to work for the company every day."
Brotherhood Mutual is one of the nation's leading church specialty insurance companies, with an A (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best and more than $337 million in assets. Through its network of independent agents, the company provides property, liability, commercial auto, workers' compensation, and foreign travel insurance coverages exclusively to churches and related ministries in 43 states and the District of Columbia.
Taylor University MBA
Taylor University's MBA corporate site model is built on recognizing a company's best resources are its own employees. This model seeks to tailor MBA courses around the company’s strategic needs with a focus on employee development in an effort to help employees grow and advance professionally. Students work on company-specific projects throughout the 24 months in the program.
"The best and most immediate ROI for a company can be to invest in its current employees," said Dr. Evan Wood, Chair of the Taylor MBA Program. "We find that employees who learn together within the company offer more immediate results on the job, and the company gets a better look at the capabilities of each employee."
Founded in 2003, Taylor University's Masters in Business Administration program combines online learning with a residential environment. Two convenient locations in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis offer professionals the flexibility to complete the 16-month program while maintaining their career. Major areas of study include Global Business Practices, Business Development and Creativity, Ethical Leadership and Management Strategy. For more information regarding the Taylor MBA Program, visit www.taylormba.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 260.255.MBA1.
Source: Taylor University