McDonald’s New York Tri-State recently teamed up with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), a non-profit social service organization, to promote career opportunities. On Thursday, AAFE hosted a McDonald’s workshop and employee recruitment event at its Workforce Development Program Center located in Flushing, Queens. In addition to discussing the range of full-time and part-time positions available at local restaurants, McDonald’s representatives also introduced the company’s newly-launched Archways to Opportunity™, an education program that provides such benefits as ESL classes and tuition assistance. Guest speakers included McDonald’s Deployment Consultant, Linda Bailey, and local McDonald’s franchisee, Michael Sullivan.
Archways to Opportunity
McDonald’s recently launched Archways to Opportunity, an overarching education strategy that builds on the opportunities currently available. The goal of this program is to promote workforce education that helps ensure employee success and advancement – at their McDonald’s and anywhere their careers take them. As part of Archways to Opportunity, all employees working in a McDonald’s corporately-owned restaurant or in a restaurant operated by participating independent franchisees are eligible for:
- English Under the Arches® (EUA), a program that helps students gain proficiency in the English they need to communicate effectively and confidently with customers and staff
- Tuition Assistance
- High school completion program
- “Virtual Advisor”, an app that calculates ACE college credit recommendations and offers information about McDonald’s college alliances
- Learning module that helps employees make better informed decisions about their education
- Educational advising services
“The Flushing community is always eager to learn about new career opportunities and it’s great that McDonald’s is reaching out at a grassroots level,” said Peter Cheng, Director of Workforce Development at AAFE. “The various benefits offered by their Archways to Opportunity are highly relevant to the unique needs of our community.”
“We are proud to team up with Asian Americans For Equality to help promote Archways to Opportunity to the local community,” said Michael Sullivan, a McDonald’s franchisee. “Through this program, we are making an investment in our most important asset: our people. Archways to Opportunity will provide our employees with the tools and world-class training they need for success – whether at McDonald’s or anywhere else.”
Since 2013, McDonald’s New York Tri-State has been conducting career workshops and recruitment events at leading local community organizations to increase awareness about the unique employment opportunities and employee benefits offered by the company. A job with McDonald’s can range –and potentially grow– from a part-time crew member at a local restaurant to a full-time position at their corporate offices. In fact, nearly 50% of McDonald’s corporate restaurant managers and more than 60%* of its franchisees started out as crew people.
About McDonald’s Careers
The independent owners and operators of McDonald’s Tri-State New York are proud of the many people who chose to stay with us over their careers, building long-term success for themselves and their families. We provide our employees with challenging careers, quality benefits and the best opportunities around. To see how McDonald’s helps people make their career goals a reality, watch this video of Mayra Romero, McDonald’s Director of Operations.
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