LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2018) — With summer around the corner, McDonald’s and its independent franchisees are gearing up in anticipation of hiring approximately 6,500 restaurant employees in the state of Kentucky.
This is good news for job seekers who are interested in pursuing an education while working. McDonald’s recently announced that it is allocating $150 million over five years to its global Archways to Opportunity education access program. The new investment increases the amount of college tuition assistance available, lowers eligibility requirements from nine months to 90 days of employment, and drops weekly shift minimums from 20 hours to 15 hours.
This investment will provide nearly 400,000 U.S. restaurant employees with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront tuition assistance for college courses, access academic advising courses and learn English as a second language. Additionally, eligible crew will have access to $2,500/year in tuition assistance (up from $700/year) and eligible managers will have access to $3,000/year (up from $1,050).
“Building a better McDonald’s means recognizing we can help employees pursue and achieve their goals, both at McDonald’s and beyond,” said Denise Long, McDonald’s owner/operator in Lexington, Ky. “The changes in the Archways to Opportunity program mean that new employees who start in our restaurants this month could be eligible for tuition assistance and other Archways benefits by the time school starts again at the end of the season. That’s a big deal, and I’m very proud of the opportunity that this presents to current and prospective employees.”
Archways to Opportunity has awarded more than $21 million in high school and college tuition assistance, including nearly $100,000 in the Ohio Region (encompassing most of Kentucky and Ohio) just in the first four months of this year. More than half of the hires at company-owned restaurants are projected to be between the ages of 16 to 24 years old, and for many, it is their first job.
Job seekers can visit McDonalds.com/careers to learn more and apply.