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Jobs for the Future Horizons Conference Highlights McDonald's Commitment to Education

June 19, 2018

On Wednesday, McDonald’s took to New Orleans for the Jobs for the Future’s Horizons Conference to meet with workforce development organizations, discuss the future of work, and share our initiatives that are helping our country prepare for future generations of workers at all skill levels. Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a nonprofit organization focused on creating equal opportunities for advancement in our country. Every year they bring together innovators and leaders in the workforce development space to discuss the future of this work and strategies for working together for the most desired outcomes.

Chief Communications Officer, Robert Gibbs, together with Elliott Masie of The Learning Center, led an insightful discussion on the intersection of employment and non-traditional education pathways. Robert discussed how McDonald’s is leading the charge in the corporate space to build an ecosystem to reduce barriers to continuing education for people across the country, no matter where they are on their educational pathway. Local McDonald’s owner/operator Chris Krampe was also at the panel, and spoke to his specific success with the Archways to Opportunity program in his 46 restaurants across the state of Louisiana.

Robert Gibbs JFF Panel

Additionally, Gibbs spent time highlighting the three-year old program, Archways to Opportunity. Since 2015, Archways to Opportunity has provided more than 24,000 eligible employees at participating U.S. restaurants an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront college tuition assistance, access free education advising services and learn English as a second language. In March, McDonald’s announced a $150 million dollar investment in this program, which nearly triples the amount of money restaurant employees can receive to further their development and education, and reduces the minimum time worked in order to be eligible for the benefit.

As one of the largest employer brands, it’s important to McDonald’s to listen to experts in the field around workforce development, training and education and to learn how we can all better prepare newer generations of workers to be more successful. Convenings like JFF’s Horizon Conference are a critical part of best practice sharing and networking to build innovative programs and support services for workers around the country.

Interested in learning more about the Archways to Opportunity program or some of the great stories of student success? Check them out here.