In its ongoing attempt to help employees achieve their education goals, McDonald’s said it has enrolled more than 5,000 people in Archways to Opportunity. The program helps employees earning high school diplomas, provides tuition assistance for college and offers English as a second language courses.
“Archways to Opportunity was created so those at McDonald’s could attain the dream of finishing high school, going to college and advancing their careers without being held back by high costs or a lack of access,” said McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook. “There is no better investment than one in the people who bring our brand to life for our customers.”
The program is available to employees in company and franchise-owned restaurants.
Since it began a year ago, 812 employees have received help in returning to high school, 3,346 received financial aid for college, 872 graduated from the English Under the Arches program, and 308 participated in advising sessions to identify the educational and career routes to achieve their professional goals.
McDonald’s is committed to helping its people further their educations and achieve their dreams, Chief People Officer David Fairhurst said. The company wants to ensure employees have an opportunity to grow and learn, no matter where they are on their journeys. “Some of the best people in the world work here,” he added. ”Whether they stay for a year or their entire careers, we believe in investing in their future.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, high-school graduates earn nearly 38 percent more than non-graduates. Furthermore, 65 percent of jobs in this country will require at least some kind of college education by 2020.
Other restaurant companies offer education opportunities and tuition assistance. In 2014, Starbucks partnered with Arizona State University to help its more than 100,000 employees pursue undergraduate degrees through the school’s online education program.
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