FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — McDonald’s restaurants and Ivy Tech Community College across Indiana launched an alliance to make college more affordable on Thursday.
The alliance will offer training for the future workforce that will be shared at more than 300 McDonald’s locations and 18 Ivy Tech campuses with 40 sites across Indiana.
Through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program, restaurant employees who work a minimum of 90 days at 15 hours per week are eligible for tuition assistance of up to $2,500 per year as a crew member and up to $3,000 per year as a manager.
Ivy Tech will offer crosswalk credits to McDonald’s restaurant employees for some on-the-job training and classes, plus individualized counseling – allowing them to earn a degree faster.
Throughout 2019, officials with McDonald’s says the company invested more than $1.2 million in tuition assistance to restaurant employees across Indiana.
“There is no limit,” said Mike Kefer, McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “We want to encourage as many of our employees and students across Indiana as we can to take advantage of this tuition assistance program. We believe this strengthens all of our communities throughout Indiana.”
Ivy Tech’s degree crosswalk will allow McDonald’s employees to work with an Ivy Tech counselor to determine which of their McDonald’s training and work experiences may articulate into credits which they can apply towards their certificate or degree.
The flexibility of Ivy Tech having both online classes and locations statewide will give employees the option to complete coursework on their schedule: whether that be during the day, evening, weekend or whenever it’s convenient.
With most Ivy Tech students working while they attend school, Ivy Tech leadership says this new partnership fits in perfect with Ivy Tech Community College’s mission.
“Ivy Tech locations across Indiana currently enroll many talented McDonald’s employees pursuing upward mobility in their careers and we expect this partnership to encourage even more employees to enroll and at the same time, assist in finding potential new employees for McDonald’s and new students for Ivy Tech,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “Each Ivy Tech campus will dedicate an advisor to McDonald’s employee enrollment, questions and scheduling needs. We are committed to helping each and every employee further their education and achieve their dreams.”
This Ivy Tech alliance highlights how workings at McDonald’s restaurants help build skills, education and relationships that translate to new experiences.
“This is the exact kind of forward-thinking partnership that enables Indiana to develop our skilled and ready workforce,” said Governor Eric Holcomb. “The combined strength of these two great entities will allow thousands of students to pursue their dreams and simultaneously help keep Indiana’s economy moving full steam ahead.”
Whether crew members plan to enjoy a career at McDonald’s or in another industry, officlas say the skills made at McDonald’s restaurants are transferrable no matter what career path they choose.