McDonald’s partners with local community college

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Muskegon Community College, with locations in Muskegon, Ottawa and Newaygo counties, offers 40 associate degree and 35 certificate programs that open doors to high-wage and high-demand careers. Courtesy Muskegon Community College

McDonald’s is partnering with Muskegon Community College to make college affordable and accessible to its employees.

Through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity education program, restaurant employees who work a minimum of 15 hours a week for 90 days will be eligible to receive $3,000 in upfront college tuition assistance each year, as well as access to free education and career advising services. 

Muskegon Community College, with locations in Muskegon, Ottawa and Newaygo counties, offers 40 associate degree and 35 certificate programs.

“MCC is thrilled to partner with McDonald’s to help provide educational opportunities to the many talented employees pursuing upward mobility in their careers,” said Dr. Dale K. Nesbary, president of Muskegon Community College. “We welcome and embrace initiatives that allow students who need to work, the ability to do so while achieving their academic goals at the same time.” 

This year marks the fifth anniversary of McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program. The company has awarded more than $715,000 in tuition assistance and supported 370 restaurant employees in Michigan. 

Nationally, McDonald’s has given more than $100 million in tuition assistance to support more than 55,000 restaurant workers and corporate employees.

“At McDonald’s, we know our people are the key to our success,” said Lori Schulz, a Muskegon-area McDonald’s owner/operator. “We are so proud to be able to offer the kind of assistance Archways to Opportunity provides for our employees and to partner with Muskegon Community College to help expand access to the great programs they offer students.” 

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