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Mar. 1, 2006
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EMU adds incentive for Ford employees who opt for educational buyout

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University is partnering with Automotive Components Holdings, LLC,  to provide services to those employees who take advantage of its recently announced educational buy-out option.

EMU President Dr. John Fallon will visit with hourly employees at the ACH Saline plant Thursday, March 2, from 11 a.m.-noon, as part of several opportunity fairs for workers.

Dr. Fallon discusses his father's experience, and EMU's "moral obligation" to provide education to displaced workers

“Some will see this as an opportunity to make a transition and we want to help facilitate that transition,” said Fallon. “There are many people who want to go back to school, but haven’t because they didn’t have the time or the money. This is a great opportunity for them.”

The ACH educational buyout includes free tuition up to $15,000 a year for up to four years and other benefits. ACH, an entity managed by Ford Motor Company, is offering this buyout to hourly employees at all of its U.S. plants, including Saline and six other plants in southeast Michigan.

To provide even more incentive, EMU will offer up to $300 for books and waive the registration fee.

“We wanted to provide something that all of them could use,” said Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment services. “Books are needed for every class and they can be expensive.”

McAnuff said the book offer will be for fulltime students and will be renewable annually as long as the student continues to be fulltime.

“We are delighted to get this support from Eastern Michigan University for our innovative educational buyout program,” said Michael McCarney, vice president of the ACH Plastics/Exterior unit. “Community support is critical as we reshape our businesses for sale to new buyers who can move the businesses forward.”

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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