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Indianapolis Region Celebrates Two Local Graduates with the Help of Archways

March 29, 2018
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Today, Owner-Operator Randy Shields and team celebrated the great accomplishments of two Indianapolis region graduates.

General Manager Darci Collins attained an Associate’s Degree from Colorado Technical University this past December and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Organizational Behavior. Darci’s first job was at her local McDonald’s when she was 22 years old and she has been working for Owner-Operator Randy Shields ever since. During her career at McDonald’s, she has been promoted to several roles and is now the General Manager for a restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana. When she was promoted to People Lead, she thought it was the perfect time to pursue her college degree with the help of McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program. She wanted to experience the program for herself so she could continue to encourage other employees throughout her restaurant to participate. She credits the program for being flexible with her schedule and allowing her to have the time to achieve her college degree. “McDonald’s has taken a huge step by offering Archways to people who want to better their education and lives. It’s a competitive advantage for retaining people, and I’m excited about the new eligibility period of 90 days [compared to 9 months] – this will be huge for our employees,” Darci added.

Shift Manager, Gloria Atkins attained her high school diploma from Career Online High School with a concentration in Child Care Development this month. Gloria has been working at a variety of local McDonald’s in the area for 22 years and is currently a shift manager for Owner-Operator Randy Shields. Prior to learning about Archways to Opportunity, Gloria applied for her GED outside of McDonald’s. The program ended up being fraudulent and she wasn’t able to pursue it. But that didn’t stop Gloria. She and her son, Lawry, a special needs employee who also works at a McDonald’s restaurant, made it a goal for her to attain a high school diploma just as Lawry had done when he was in high school. So when she learned about McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program, she was thrilled to know she would have another opportunity to receive a high school diploma. Gloria credits the program for being flexible and allowing her to work at her own pace. “The Archways program is awesome and we can all benefit from more education. It has given me better experiences and I’m grateful for the opportunity to make myself shine and McDonald’s,” Gloria shared.

To learn more about McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program, please visit