STATEWIDE — McDonald’s and its independent franchisees across Colorado are expecting to hire almost 4,000 restaurant employees across the state to better serve customers this busy summer season, including 370 in Southern Colorado.
McDonald’s provides a signature education and career advising program, Archways to Opportunity.
Eligible after 90 days and 15 hours a week, restaurant employees have the chance to earn a high school diploma, receive $2,500 in upfront college tuition assistance, access to free education and career advising services and the opportunity to learn English as a second language.
To date, McDonald’s has given out more than $690,000 in tuition assistance and supported 329 restaurant workers in Colorado, such as a single, working mother of three boys and McDonald’s employee. She obtained her degree after learning about the education between the McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity™ program and Colorado Technical University (CTU).
Through a summer job at McDonald’s, restaurant employees will not only learn transferable soft skills on the job, such as teamwork, customer service and responsibility, they also will get the chance to further their education once eligible.
“By offering restaurant employees the option to further their education paired with skills they learn on the job, we’re supporting their full potential to succeed whether that’s at McDonald’s or beyond,” said Sarah Hill, Local McDonald’s franchise Owner/Operator.
In addition, McDonald’s is supporting a multi-generational hiring push this summer through a first-of-its-kind collaboration in the quick service industry (QSR) with AARP and AARP Foundation. From morning shifts to management roles, AARP and AARP Foundation will help connect McDonald’s to a growing, yet underutilized workforce.
McDonald’s USA will also work with AARP Foundation on a pilot program that aligns employer and candidate job needs and interests leveraging AARP Foundation’s Senior Community Service Employment Program and Back t Work 50+ workforce development programs.
“For the first time ever, five generations are now working together under the arches. Together with our franchisees we have a responsibility to each generation to provide opportunity, flexibility and resources for wherever they are on their career journey,” said Melissa Kersey, McDonald’s U.S. Chief People Officer.
Thanks, in part, to our new partnership with AARP and AARP Foundation we’re looking to position McDonald’s as place where people at every stage of working life can see themselves.”