Flexible Work Arrangements/EEP - Nancy Kelley
Athletic Training, Dept. of Rehabilitation
College of Health Sciences
Currently pursuing her BA in Social Work, Nancy takes advantage of a flexible work schedule and the Employee Education Program (EEP) benefits to attend classes at UK. Last semester she worked a 37.5 hour compressed work week Monday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. in order to be able to take classes and complete her practicum placements on Fridays. “My faculty are very pro-education,” stated Nancy. “I couldn’t ask for a better situation.” Nancy began her college studies in 2005 and will graduate this December. “My supervisor is already talking to me about staying on while pursing a Masters” she said. The next step is working toward a master's degree in Public Health.
Nancy began her work in the Athletic Training Department in 2003, two years before she decided to return to school. Prior to asking for a flexible work schedule, Nancy wanted to prove to her employer that she was a reliable employee. “I decided to go above and beyond what was expected of me,” she commented. “We work with many students, and I took the initiative to make sure that their questions were being answered, even if that meant going across campus for information. As a result, I was given more responsibilities. But I made sure that my work was completed, because I wanted them to know that they had an employee they could count on.”
Nancy also credits her success to her colleagues, commenting that other staff must answer questions when she is not around. “It’s team work,” she asserted. “Without the group support, a flexible work schedule would not be possible.” She also credits the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Dr. Lori Gonzalez and the faculty she works for, Dr. Carl Mattacola & Dr. Tim Uhl for their continued support of her educational aspirations.