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Thirty Nine Local Employees Graduate English Under the Arches


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’.”


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.”


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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