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Hudson County Managers are Two-Time Graduates of ‘English Under the Arches’

Group PhotoMcDonald’s franchisees Celest and Jessica Quintana hosted a graduation ceremony for the second time in Union City, New Jersey for six of their managers as they successfully completed the second phase of ‘English Under the Arches’ (EUA). The managers immigrated from Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico and Peru and range in age from their late 20s to late 50s.

Titled ‘Shift Conversation,’ the second phase spanned 22 weeks and focused on the listening and speaking tasks needed to run a shift. The students completed the first 8-week phase in late December of last year, which introduced the skills needed to train crew members and prepared them to succeed in subsequent EUA courses.

The six graduates are:

  • William De La Cruz, 43, Union City, NJ
  • Abigail Feria, 27, Jersey City, NJ
  • Jessica Gomez, 42, Union City, NJ
  • Mercy Gomez, 59, Jersey City, NJ
  • Juana Ortiz, 39, Jersey City, NJ
  • Silvia Perez, 42, Jersey City, NJ

“I love my job and it’s great that a program like ‘English Under the Arches’ exists for employees,” said William De La Cruz, a McDonald’s manager in Union City. “I’m very thankful for this opportunity.”

McDonald's franchisee Celestina Quintana (left) and graduate William De La Cruz (3rd from left)

“McDonald’s is a large company and we wouldn’t be where we are today without our employees,” said Celest Quintana, a McDonald’s franchisee who owns and operates the restaurants with her daughter Jessica. “It’s fantastic that we can give back to the employees with Archways to Opportunity and help them with their educational goals.”

Archways to Opportunity is McDonald’s national education initiative developed to support restaurant employees across the country in pursuing their educational goals, whether it’s earning their high school diploma, pursuing a college degree or learning English. More than 5,000 restaurant employees are currently enrolled in Archways to Opportunity nationwide.

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