Oswego McDonald’s Awards High School Diploma Through Its Archways To Opportunity Program

OSWEGO, NY – McDonald’s recently honored Floor Supervisor Ashley Preeman of Oswego following her completion of the High School Completion curriculum under McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program. To date, Ashley is the first McDonald’s employee to complete the online set of courses and earn her diploma in the Philadelphia Region and fifth in the country.

Archways to Opportunity is McDonald’s overarching education strategy that promotes workforce education to both support the business and ensure its employees’ success and achievement.

The program offerings include free high school completion and college tuition assistance. Through Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School (COHS), a national accredited program, eligible restaurant employees can take classes required to earn a high school diploma when and where it’s convenient for them and McDonalds covers the costs.

For those seeking a college education, McDonald’s will assist with college credits and tuition assistance. And for those who speak English as a second language, McDonald’s offers free English language classes through its English Under the Arches® program.

The High School Completion program that Ashley successfully finished is a nationally accredited Career Online High School program. This platform is adult- and career-focused and provides a coach to help its students along the way, setting them up for success.

Understanding that high school curriculums can be challenging for many reasons, this program is competency-based. Students are able to master a skill through a career-focused curriculum first, allowing them to build confidence before diving into a traditional curriculum.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to education, McDonald’s invests in its employees and their future,” said Michael Bock, operations manager of the McDonald’s of Oswego and 17 other McDonald’s locations in Central & Northern New York. “We are proud of Ashley, and all other crew members working toward just that: a future.”

When an employee decides to pursue education, the company also offers resources and support that remove the barriers employees often face when returning to school including, tuition assistance programs, scholarships, education advising, virtual apps to calculate ACE college credit recommendations and a learning module that helps employees understand the various education opportunities. For more information, please visit www.mcdonalds.com/archwaystoopportunity.

McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @mcd_cny and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.