English Under the Arches™: Meet the Graduates

Local McDonald’s managers complete English language learning program

Ten local McDonald’s managers had something special to celebrate last Thursday as the year’s first local graduates of English Under the Arches (EUA), an English language learning program specifically designed to help McDonald’s employees advance in their careers. A ceremony was held at the Trefz Corporation in Bridgeport in honor of the graduating class, which comprised of student-employees hailing from Central and South America.

Chris Trefz, a McDonald’s franchisee who operates the restaurants where the graduates are employed, congratulated them on their achievements and encouraged them to take advantage of the many continuing education programs offered by the Golden Arches, in addition to EUA.

English Under the Arches is an eight-week program uniquely tailored for McDonald’s managers who have been identified by their franchisees as high-potential employees who can provide continued value with additional language training. Course curriculum includes listening, speaking, reading and writing classes that teach managers how to communicate effectively and confidently with customers and staff. Classes are held during work hours and student-employees receive regular wages for the time they spend in EUA.

“I’m so happy for the opportunity to participate in English Under the Arches,” said Department Manager Anjelica Ramos, who immigrated to the U.S. in 2007 from Mexico. “This program has improved my English and taught me other skills that I can use to succeed in my career.”

The ten graduates of English Under the Arches are:

  • Abundia Francisco, 27, Bridgeport
  • Milton Guaman, 27, Danbury
  • Adriana Martinez, 35, Stratford
  • Yarie Martinez, 23, Waterbury
  • Margarita Oliva, 53, Bridgeport
  • Yanet Quechol, 33, Bridgeport
  • Angelica Ramos, 25, Bridgeport
  • Carmen Renderos, 34, West Haven
  • Patricia Vera, 34, Bridgeport
  • Jonathan Villanueva, 25, Bridgeport

Click here to learn more about English Under the Arches.


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