THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — Getting you back to work and helping you make ends meet, The Rebound Tallahassee shows you how one local university is pitching in to help students through this crisis.
Thomas University recently rolled out it's "Level Up" program to help people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
"I had a boss once who would say to me, 'Don't just sit there and wait for something to happen,'" said Dr. Andy Sheppard.
Dr. Sheppard and his team at Thomas University in Georgia are taking action.
"We just call it a career stimulus program," Sheppard said.
The program offers a 30 percent discount off the price of tuition for online undergraduate programs.
It's for people who have lost their jobs, had their work hours drastically reduced or have been furloughed due to the effects of COVID-19.
"You can major in anything we have that's online," said Sheppard.
To be eligible, students must show documentation they lost their jobs or had their work hours reduced due to the COVID-19.
"It's a tough feeling, because if you really think about the people you're trying to serve, you're just trying to help," said Sheppard. "And you wish you could do more."
In addition to the online undergraduate programs, TU is also giving a 20 percent discount on its certification preparation offerings in a variety of areas, such as project management, cyber-security and cloud computing.
The tuition discount applies to both full-time and part-time students.
"It's our goal and our hope that this'll make somebody's life a little easier and a little better," Sheppard said..
The discounts apply to classes for the summer, fall and next spring semesters, then they'll re-evaluate.
TU also says they're planning to have a normal fall semester as the conditions with COVID-19 improve. They're also planning for online courses if necessary.