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"Is continuing employment at the ski resort dependant upon taking the classes? It sounds like probably not."

She can argue back that she hadn't had the classes and got laid off. After she had taken them, she successfully competed with other applicants and was rehired for the next season.

"Will completion of the classes qualify her for a known available promotion at the place of employment? Doubtful (based on your description of circumstance). In fact at the time classes were taken she didn't even have a job at the resort."

Right, and she also hadn't completed the classes.
I bet the auditor would rather spend his limited time on a different case. I'd take 'em on!

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