Update: High Gas Prices Force 4 Day Work Week At LETU

Wouldn't it be nice if your employer helped you save money at the tank? Well, LeTourneau University is doing just that for their employees.

LeTourneau University President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford announced Tuesday afternoon that the unprecedented increase in gasoline prices has lead to a four-day summer work schedule for staff during the summer months.

The university will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but employees will alternate 9-hour shifts in four days a week to cut their work commute by 20 percent. The university acknowledges that most companies can't afford to work shorter weeks due to rising fuel cost.

"So many companies have demands of customers that they can't make this decision to cut back on their work week. We here at LeTourneau have decided to pitch in and cover whatever needs to be done in all our offices," said Marlia Palmer, V.P. of Executive Affairs and Planning at LETU.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com