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Chick-fil-A Increases Scholarship Investment with $14.5 Million to Team Members

Chick-fil-A is awarding scholarships to more than 5,700 employees through its “Remarkable Futures” education initiative. The program allows students employed by the company’s local franchise Operators to receive up to $25,000 in scholarships that can be applied for any area of study at any accredited institution of their choice. In addition to $14.5 million in scholarships, all of Chick-fil-A’s 120,000 Team Members also have access to tuition discounts and other educational benefits at 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Read More

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Amazon Is Paying Its Employees $12,000 to Train for a Job at Another Company. And It’s Brilliant

Training employees and giving them job skills in other high-demand industries is madness—right? Actually, Amazon is doing just that. The program is called Amazon Career Choice. Jeff Bezos described it as “For hourly associates with more than one year of tenure, we pre-pay 95 percent of tuition, fees, and textbooks (up to $12,000) for certificates and associate degrees in high-demand occupations,” including healthcare, IT, computer science, transportation, and mechanical & skilled trades. Read More


MGM partnership will pay for employees to go to college

The new MGM College Opportunity Program will cover the cost for MGM employees to enroll in distance education programs at any of Nevada's seven public schools. In addition, employees of MGM Resorts International — the state’s largest employer — can access any school within the Nevada System of Higher Education. Read More


Kroger Makes New Commitment to Education Assistance

The Kroger Co. announced new and enhanced long-term associate benefits following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including an education assistance program called Feed Your Future. Kroger and its subsidiaries will now offer associates an employee education benefit of up to $3,500 annually ($21,000 over the course of employment) toward continuing education and development opportunities including a high school equivalency exam, professional certifications and advanced degrees. Read More


Brinker Commits to 250 Apprentices for First-of-its-Kind Restaurant Apprenticeship Program

Brinker International, the company behind Chili’s and Maggiano’s restaurants, has announced its commitment to enroll 250 apprentices into the first-ever earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship program created for the nation’s restaurant, food service, and lodging industry. This commitment will help employees gain additional skills, management training, and opportunities to advance their careers and increase their incomes. Read More


Harley-Davidson Launches Youth Apprenticeship Program

Harley-Davidson has launched a new youth mentorship program at its factory in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, in hopes of bringing up the next generation of skilled trades. The program takes 17 students from a local technical skills high school and gives them the chance to learn alongside the factory’s 1,000-member staff. Read More


McDonald’s Triples Crew Tuition Assistance for Restaurant Employees, Lowers Eligibility Requirement to 90 Days

McDonald’s will allocate $150 million over five years to its global Archways to Opportunity education program, which provides eligible employees the chance to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront college tuition assistance, access free education advising services, and learn English as a second language. This investment will provide almost 400,000 employees with accessibility to the program, as well as extend some education benefits to employees’ family members. Read More

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


AT&T Commits $1 Billion to Reskill Its Workforce

AT&T's reskilling initiative is a $1 billion web-based, multiyear effort that includes online courses; collaborations with Coursera, Udacity and leading universities; and a career center that allows employees to identify and train for the kinds of jobs the company needs today and down the road. If it succeeds, by 2020 AT&T will have reeducated 100,000 employees for new jobs with cutting-edge skills and, in the process, created the kind of nimble workforce it needs to compete in the 21st century. 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