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Taco Bell Partners With Guild To Expand Education Support To Its Entire System Of Team Members

Taco Bell is partnering with Guild Education to provide education support for all 210,000 team members in its system of 7,000 restaurants in the U.S. As one of Guild’s largest partners to offer education benefits across its entire system, Taco Bell team members will have access to personalized college advisors and tuition discounts for thousands of classes, certificates and degrees from day one of their career at Taco Bell. Read More


Hotel Industry Partners With Pearson to Offer Debt-Free College Degrees to Employees

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation, the foundation arm of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, announced a pilot program to offer streamlined degree programs to hotel industry employees in partnership with Pearson’s AcceleratED Pathways program. Through this groundbreaking initiative, ten hotel companies will engage employees across 1,500 hotel properties, allowing them to pursue higher education pathways at no cost to the employee. Read More

Three Signs that the UpSkilling Movement is Gaining Momentum in 2018

Across the country, businesses and investors are recognizing the value of investing in training and development programs for frontline workers. Here we are, just six weeks into 2018, and we have seen three encouraging signs that this upskilling movement is gaining momentum: businesses are creating and adopting new models of degree programs for their employees; investors are increasingly stressing the importance of employer investments in education and training; and programs are churning out positive results. Read More


Disney Launches New $50 Million Higher Education Program for Employees

Disney is launching a new $50 million education initiative designed to cover tuition costs for its hourly workforce. Nearly 88,000 employees will be eligible and can utilize the program to make an impactful investment in their future. With this new plan, participants can pursue qualifying higher education or vocational training, including courses unrelated to their current responsibilities at Disney. Read More


Brinker & Pearson Partner to Offer No Cost Education to Chili’s & Maggiano’s Employees

Brinker International, owner of Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy, recently announced the launch of a comprehensive educational program, Best You EDU. In partnership with Pearson, Best You EDU is an employer-education program designed to meet Brinker Team Members where they are on their educational journey, offering three main components: Foundational, GED and associate degrees. Read More


Lyft Partners with Guild Education and Becomes First Gig-Economy Company to Provide Access To Education Services to Contractors

Through Guild, Lyft drivers will have access to personalized college advising and tuition discounts for thousands of classes, certificates and degrees from more than 80 online non-profit universities and learning providers. Programs include Bachelor's and Master's degrees, certificates in subjects such as Data Science and HTML, and other skills such as GED, vocational courses, and English-as-a-second-language. Read More


Starbucks College Achievement Plan welcomes its 1,000th graduate

As of this week’s commencement, more than 1,000 Starbucks partners have diplomas in hand and more than 9,000 partners are working toward their degree, thanks to the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. The program, which pays full tuition for all eligible part- and full-time U.S. partners in Arizona State University's online program, began three years ago and celebrated its first graduating class of three partners in May 2015. Read More


Number of GEDWorks Graduates Surpasses 2,000

The program, which helps students complete requirements for their high school equivalency credential at no cost, has a rapidly expanding group of employer sponsors, including KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Walmart, Royal Cup, Scholastic, Sheetz and Southeastern Grocers. Read More


UpSkill America Receives $600,000 Grant from Walmart to Expand Upskilling Programs for Businesses and Opportunities for Frontline Workers

With this grant, UpSkill America will expand its work to equip businesses with tools to educate, train, and develop frontline workers so that these workers can advance in their careers. Read More


Manpower U.S. Offers Career-Focused Degrees, Helping People Learn In-Demand Skills for the Future of Work

In partnership with the University of Phoenix, Manpower U.S. is extending its offerings to help people skill-up for the most in-demand roles in cybersecurity, IT, and healthcare administration. Read More