I am a brand ambassador for Central Arkansas McDonald’s and this post has been sponsored. However, all opinions are my own
After writing my last post about what Kaia wanted to be when he grew up (spoiler: A McDonald’s Employee), I learned that McDonald’s offers an education program that is geared toward helping their employees succeed. I have, and I am guessing many of you had, not heard of this program before.
The Archways to Opportunity program was started to help McDonald’s employees succeed by helping to further their education.
Taken directly from their website:
Archways to Opportunity helps employees learn English-language skills, get a high school diploma, and move on to an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. We believe that education is the true game-changer. We’re proud to provide employees with tools and world-class training that help them succeed within our System. Archways to Opportunity is not a one-size-fits–all solution, but an overarching education strategy that meets people where they are. (Source)
Within this program, there are different options to chose from.
English Under the Arches
– For employees who need help learning the English language, these courses can offer assistance with writing in English, and even help with learning how to conduct performance reviews. These courses are geared towards helping the employee become proficient at English in order to communicate better with the customer and staff.
Career Online Highschool
– Earn a High School Diploma online. In as little as six months, employees can earn their high school diploma, and even apply some credits from courses they have already taken.
Earn a College Degree
– Tuition assistance is available for approved courses.
– An advisor will help the employee explore their options. This includes helping them understand the process of returning to school.
The more I read, the more impressed I became. Not only does the Archways to Opportunity program help McDonald’s retain employees, it helps those employees succeed. If Kaia does end up working at McDonald’s then I know that he will have made a good decision. According to Don Thompson, CEO of McDonalds, 40% of their top executives started out as entry-level workers. That is an impressive number and while Kaia may not become an executive, and may not take advantage of these programs that are offered, I must say that I am glad McDonald’s offers these.
Did you know about the Archways to Opportunity program before reading this post?