By Vicki Little
Having a good education complete with a college degree has always been important, but it is a dream that is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. The high cost of living and changes in family dynamics are only two of many factors that are making it harder for people to get the education they need and want. McDonald’s recognizes how important education is not only for individuals but also for companies, and they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about how McDonald’s supports education in Colorado.
- Earn a College Degree. There are so many people out there who haven’t had the chance to go to college and start working towards their goals, including teens who need help paying for college. McDonald’s Archways To Opportunity will pay for approved courses for its employees to help take pressure off and make their dreams a reality. Financial assistance is provided at any higher education institution accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. (Full time employees are eligible for $1, 050 in tuition assistance per year!)
- Education Counseling Services. For teens and adults who haven’t yet been to college, the process can be extremely overwhelming. Trying to figure out where to start, how to apply, what courses to take, and everything in between is a complicated process. McDonald’s wants to help by offering employees education advising services to assist them in exploring their options and get started on the right path.
- Get Your High School Diploma. McDonald’s recognizes the importance of a high school diploma, and they encourage employees to get one through Career Online High School (COHS), which allows you to graduate from high school online – so you can take classes when and where you want. (The average completion time is just 7-8 months!)
- Learn The English Language. For employees who want to learn the English language and need help doing so, Archways To Opportunity offers three courses geared towards helping people become proficient in English so they can communicate better with other staff members and customers.
- The One Book 4 Colorado Preschool Literacy Program. 75, 000 books were given out to preschoolers this year because of McDonald’s support. They also support the Colorado PTA!
Intrigued? You should do a bit of research about McDonald’s. In addition to Archways To Opportunity, McDonald’s has scholarship programs, internships, corporate career paths, competitive pay and benefits packages. Find out more at aboutmcdonalds.com.
Vicki Little is a work-at-home mom with two young kids. A Colorado native, she is the Publisher and Editor of Macaroni Kid Aurora and Downtown Denver. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, camping, or enjoying a bottle of wine with friends.
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