Educational Benefits Program

Pearson Accelerated Pathways assesses your employee needs and your industry to effectively market and promote your newly designed educational benefits program. We can help you boost your status as an employer of choice - one that values learning and investment in human capital. Think differently about your funding model by maximizing your pre-existing learning and development funds, unused employee benefits budget, or tuition reimbursement dollars.

You Control the Strategy.

Pearson assists companies from inception to the design and implementation of educational strategies that meet the needs of a unique workforce. We work with you to implement and administer the right program for your population, focused on the specific needs, pathways and successful attainment strategies for your employees, providing high-touch relationship management and ease of doing business, while you maintain ownership and are the face to your employees.

We know we already have the best people working in our restaurants — they just need the opportunity to build the right skills to move up. Best You EDU™ is the catalyst to help them move forward.

Rick Badgley, Chief Administrative Officer, Brinker International

Accelerated Pathways helps fill a critical gap for parts of our workspace that traditional development programs don't serve very well. Helping our associates thrive in their jobs and careers is part of our brand.

Michael Karicher, Executive Vice President of HR and Training, Remington Hotels


Providing low-cost educational programs to frontline workers is attractive. From the start, we work on your behalf with our network of academic partners to maximize the return on your education benefit program. This includes low tuition rates and customized program offerings to meet both your talent development needs and employee interests. This means, in some cases, your employees can pursue their educational goals without taking on debt.

Why Companies Choose Us:

  • Pearson is a trusted, recognized brand in the educational ecosystem.
  • Cost effective, online and mobile-ready programs providing meaningful opportunities to education attainment year round.
  • One-on-one support, encouragement and advisement for employees throughout their educational journey from experienced, bilingual coaches.
  • Consultative, agnostic solution design approach with expertise for better learning outcomes, thought leadership and portfolio of services.
  • Mobile-first foundational education for those learners who are the hardest to reach.

Building the Foundation for Future Success

Pearson Accelerated Pathways provides employees opportunities that improve equity and access to education.

Foundational Education

For the working adult who needs to take their first steps back onto the pathway of education attainment, we provide mobile-first ESL, literacy, citizenship prep, work ready and skill building programs, all accessible via mobile phones and requiring no internet access. For those in need of their high school diploma, we provide a pathway to GED attainment, with online study materials and unlimited test pass guarantees. Both programs feature bilingual coaching to support the needs of this learner.

Debt-Free1 Associate Degrees

Pearson’s Accelerated Pathways Associate degree brings together employer tuition assistance benefits and a network of regionally accredited college partners to deliver high-quality Associate degrees. This program helps our customers’ employees overcome barriers to entry with future skills development by avoiding the personal debt and other work/life tradeoffs that can hinder successful outcomes.

Low-Cost Bachelor’s Degrees

Many frontline workers are on their way to earning a degree. We work with employers to leverage their existing tuition assistance programs, resulting in a lower-cost education for the employee. Over 31 million Americans have earned college credit, but have not completed a Bachelor’s Degree program due to financial concerns. Pearson Accelerated Pathways’ low-cost bachelor’s degree program is delivered through a select number of academic partners that focus on degree completion for the working adult learner and leverages academic advising services, generous acceptance of previously earned credits, prior learning assessment and a managed cost of instruction to lower the overall cost of attaining a college degree.

Self-Paced, ACE-Accredited Learning

For organizations that do not have a tuition assistance program, but have learners who want to build on previously earned credits to maximize the number of credits they can transfer into an institution or to get back into the process of learning, Pearson’s Propero courses provide a self-paced approach to learning that carries the credit recommendation of the American Council on Education (ACE). Our academic advisors work with learners taking Pearson Propero courses to ensure the learning is relevant to career goals/objectives, select courses that will add to credits they have already earned and validate learners will receive credits for their Pearson Propero coursework.

Each of the more than 40 college-level, general education and introductory courses includes: online course material; eTextbook; interactive lesson presentations; audio-to-go podcasts; personal student success coach; 10 hours of live, on-demand tutoring (for most courses); personalized study guides; user-specific pacing charts; audio/video components; and interactive “Check Your Understanding” exercises/quizzes.

Preferred Partner Network

Partnering with Pearson means being able to mediate between corporations and higher-ed institutions to reach a common goal, bringing years of expertise of working with post-secondary institutions to the table along with our expert team of consultants with decades of experience in the Human Capital space. Together, we forge strong partnerships, designed to meet the collective goals of all parties involved, ultimately benefiting the employee-as-as-student. Through our educational partner network, we have access to hundreds of non-profit, regionally accredited schools and programs, serving Associates, Bachelors, Certificates, Bootcamp and Graduate level learners.

Career and Upskilling Platform

Pearson can manage and administer your education assistance benefits through our robust, cloud-based mobile-ready platform, designed to help employees find the courses, content, programs and schools aligned to their desired job or career track and potential employer network, if you support open career choice opportunities for your employees. Our team also provides 24x7 education administration, coaching and support services for your employees, so they receive high-levels of customer service and support as part of their education journey. Our workflow and design are based on your organization’s educational policy, which is an output of our strategy sessions together, and establishes the building blocks of your benefit.

Value-Added Services

As a managed education services provider, we can work alongside your existing management resources to ensure the strategies we are delivering work within your existing processes, or we can manage the entire program on your behalf. While many of our value-added services are embedded within our offerings, we can also separate them out in phases or as standalone solutions, including program management, academic advising, course development, education assistance program administration, consulting and strategy design, and workforce and labor data research.

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1. Accelerated Pathways’ goal is to give you the ability to pay for college without loans. Accelerated Pathways does not help you with any existing debt and is not responsible if you decide to take out loans in the future.