LANSING, Mich. — Lansing Mayor Andy Schor highlighted McDonald’s employment opportunities and the company’s commitment to educational advancement while touring the McDonald’s restaurant located at 3220 E. Saginaw Street in Lansing on June 4. He was joined by Doug Ross, senior advisor to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer; Renee Draves, McDonald’s Michigan owner/operator; and McDonald’s employees.
Schor recognized Lansing McDonald’s owner/operators for their anticipated hiring of more than 240 summer employees in Lansing, and educational opportunities available to McDonald’s employees through the Archways to Opportunity program. McDonald’s restaurants throughout Michigan are projected to hire more than 12,000 employees statewide for the summer season.
“McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity education and career advising program is yet another resource available for Lansing’s students to learn, thrive and work toward earning college tuition assistance,” said Schor. “With over 240 jobs available in the Lansing area, I am excited that Lansing students will have the opportunity to apply and work at McDonald’s this summer to learn important, transferable job skills, while also earning college tuition assistance to help advance their future goals.”
Eligible after 90 days and 15 hours a week, restaurant employees have the opportunity to receive $2,500 to $3,000 in upfront college tuition assistance, access to earning a high school diploma, and the opportunity to learn English as a second language. To date, McDonald’s has given out more than $2.96 million in tuition assistance and supported 1,494 restaurant workers in Michigan.
“What McDonald’s is doing could not be timelier in terms of both the state’s needs and the governor’s priorities,” said Ross. “In addition to the 12,000 summer jobs, the McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program is something to be excited about.”
McDonald’s and its owner/operators created the Archways to Opportunity program in 2015 to reduce educational barriers by offering ongoing educational opportunities to anyone who works at a company-owned or independently franchised restaurant, Archways is a comprehensive education platform featuring multiple programs that provide people an opportunity to grow, learn and progress – no matter where they are in their career or education journey.
“McDonald’s of Michigan is excited to hear about the Governor’s plan to increase the opportunity for individuals to achieve a degree or earn a certificate,” said Draves. “We are proud to announce 12,000 jobs available in the state, and offer our benefits of Archways to Opportunity including tuition assistance, English as a second language training and a high school completion program.”
McDonald’s recently announced that the company will be investing $150 million over five years to expand the Archways program and help employees advance their educational pursuits. This investment triples the amount of tuition assistance available to our crew from $700 to $2,500 and managers from $1,050 to $3,000 and dramatically lowers the eligibility requirements. Previously, employees had to work for nine months at a minimum of 20 hours per week to be eligible. Now they are eligible for tuition assistance after only 90 days of employment with a 15 hour per week minimum.
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