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Thirty Nine Local Employees Graduate English Under the Arches

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McDonald’s ‘English Under the Arches’ program concluded a busy month in August with nearly 40 restaurant employees from Long Island and New Jersey graduating from the language learning course.

Thirty nine managers and crew people –all non-native English speakers— from Nassau County, Suffolk County and Bergen County completed the 8-week program, which teaches students the language skills they need to succeed at the Golden Arches. The curriculum covers speaking, listening, reading and writing and is delivered using a blended method of face-to-face and virtual classes.

“This class helped me to understand more English,” said Rubiela Restrepo, 41, a manager from Lodi, NJ who has been with the Acre Organization for 16 years. “I’m thankful to my supervisors for the chance to participate in ‘English Under the Arches’.”

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A component of Archways to Opportunity, McDonald’s workforce education program, EUA is offered free of charge to workers who have been selected by their supervisors as high-potential employees who would benefit from stronger English communication skills.

“’English Under the Arches’ is a fantastic initiative that encourages our employees to continue with their education,” said Ed Acre, a McDonald’s franchisee who operates three restaurants in New Jersey. “The course enables them to feel more confident communicating at work with customers and their colleagues.”

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In celebration of their employees’ accomplishments, franchisees arranged graduation ceremonies and celebrations at their restaurants.

“I’m very proud to support this great program one hundred percent,” said Mike Daggett, a Long Island franchisee with 6 EUA graduates. “I’m encouraging all of my employees to participate; not just to advance in their careers but for their personal development as well.”

 

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