Seminole State named one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019
Written by: Emily Hollingshead

Seminole State College of Florida has earned a Best Workplaces for Commuters award for 2019. By offering employees exceptional commuter benefits that meet the National Standard of Excellence, Seminole State makes a positive impact on employee lives and the environment by reducing the number of cars on the road and promoting alternative means of travel.

“Seminole State College is one of the top employers in the nation offering high level commuter benefits to their employees,” said Julie Bond, program manager at Best Workplaces for Commuters. “The College made the list because they offer transportation choices that include free LYNX bus access, walking incentives and access to emergency ride home programs. Seminole State gives its employees the support they need to get to and from work and be at their best before, during and after their work day.”  

The College is among a select group of workplaces in the United States that have committed to employee-provided commuter benefits that result in at least 14 percent of their employee base not driving alone to work within a 12-month period. Seminole State offers employees several commuter benefit options, including:

•    Free LYNX bus access (also available to students)

•    A wellness program that encourages walking

•    Compressed work weeks during the summer

•    On-site cafeterias that reduce the need to leave the campuses

“Being designated as one of the best workplaces for commuters is an important recognition of the College's commitment to transportation and work-life balance programs,” said Mae Ashby, associate vice president of Human Relations at Seminole State. “We strive to recruit and retain talented and diverse faculty and staff. These commuter benefits (compressed work weeks, bus passes, no cost parking and access to biking and rail transportation) enhance the lives of our employees, benefit the community, and helps the environment.”

Dr. Jan Lloyd (left), associate vice president of Student Development, and Charmaine Thompson Deglas, director of employee benefits and compensation, accept the 2019 Best Workplaces for Commuters award.

The Best Workplaces for Commuters program is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The National Standard of Excellence from which the award draws its criteria was created by the National Center for Transit Research and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program promotes non-driving commuting of employees and offers a range of support services, information and training to designated organizations. 

“The companies on this list understand the importance and impact commuter benefits have on their employees and the value they bring to the environment,” said Bond. “Excellent commuter benefit programs may reward these companies not just with a national designation, but buoys workplace productivity, customer loyalty and brand recognition in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”

About Employment at Seminole State College of Florida

Seminole State College of Florida, with more than 1,300 employees on six sites in Central Florida, is the fifth-largest employer in Seminole County. The College offers a competitive benefits package, incentives for advanced education, and opportunities for personal and professional development. For information on careers at Seminole State, please visit