McDonald’s to hire 2,500 Utahns, increase tuition assistance

FILE - In this April 24, 2017, file photo, corporate signage hangs at a McDonald's restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh. McDonald’s. The restaurant chain announced it is preparing to hire 2,500 Utah employees for the summer season and boost tuition assistance to eligible workers.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

(KUTV) -- McDonald’s announced Tuesday it is hiring 2,500 Utah employees for the summer season and is boosting its tuition assistance to eligible workers.

Over the next five years, McDonald's is also allocating $150 million to the Archways to Opportunity education program.

The program for McDonald’s employees helps them improve their English skills, earn a high school diploma, and grants access to academic advisers and offers college tuition assistance.

Eligible crew members may qualify for up to $2,500 per year for college, a 28% increase from previous years. Eligible managers may receive up to $3,000, a 35% increase.

McDonald’s is also lowering the program’s eligibility requirements by offering the benefit after 90 days of employment as compared with 9 months previously required.

Weekly hours for program eligibility have also been lowered from 20 hours to 15 hours, which may mean newly hired employees are eligible for such benefits at the end of the summer.

Archways to Opportunity has awarded more than $21 million for high school and college assistance since its inception in April 2015.

“Building a better McDonald’s means recognizing we can help employees earn and learn. I’m proud that my employees are participating in the Archways to Opportunity program, which helps them achieve their goals at McDonald’s and beyond,” said Utah owner/operator Mark Parrish in a news release.

More than half of all new hires In Utah are expected to be between the ages of 16 to 24 at McDonald's 123 locations statewide.

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