Ivy Tech, McDonald's partner

Jerrilee K. Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College, left, and Mike Kefer, Fort Wayne McDonald’s owner/operator, were at a news conference Jan. 9 to announce a new initiative designed to help students attend college.

Ivy Tech Community College and McDonald’s restaurants are collaborating to help more people attend college.

On Jan. 9, McDonald’s restaurants and Ivy Tech Community College across Indiana announced an alliance to make college more affordable and offer training for the future workforce that will be shared at more than 300 McDonald’s locations and 18 Ivy Tech campuses with 40 sites.

Through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity education program, restaurant employees who work a minimum of 90 days at 15 hours per week will be eligible for tuition assistance up to $2,500 per year as a crew member and up to $3,000 as a manager.

Ivy Tech counselors will work with McDonald's employees to determine which of their work experiences and training can be used as credits they can apply toward their certificate or degree -- possibly allowing them to earn a degree faster.

Jerrilee Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne campus, along with McDonald’s restaurant employees who currently attend Ivy Tech and McDonald’s owner/operators were at the chain's location at 3202 St. Joe Center Road for the announcement. 

The Archways to Opportunity program began five years ago. Throughout 2019, McDonald's invested more than $1.2 million in tuition assistance to restaurant employees across Indiana. "There's no limit," said Mike Kefer, McDonald's owner/operator. "We want to encourage as many of our employees and students across Indiana as we can to take advantage of this tuition assistance program. We believe this strengthens all of our communities throughout Indiana."

To learn more about the McDonald's Archways to Opportunity education program, visit any Indiana McDonald's, the Archways to Opportunity website, www.archwaystoopportunity.com, or any Ivy Tech campus.

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