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Training & Education

We believe education is the true game-changer. With so many people working in a McDonald’s restaurant, we have an opportunity to expand access to education to as many people as possible. We’re proud to offer developmental opportunities, tools and world-class training that will help people succeed and grow—both personally and professionally.

We want to use our scale to be part of the solution to close the education gap in this country. Our vision is to lead the industry in promoting workforce education. To achieve this goal, we created Archways to Opportunity, a comprehensive education strategy that meets people where they are on their education journey – whether that’s learning English, finishing High School, or earning a college degree.

We’re passionate about helping employees succeed and advance, whether at their McDonald’s or somewhere else. Employees have told us that educational opportunities are exceedingly important to them and can make a real difference in their lives. The Archways to Opportunity programs are available to eligible employees in company-owned restaurants and the restaurants of participating franchisees. Together, with participating owner/operators and education partners, McDonald’s will continue to invest in people and their future.

Archways to Opportunity Academic Programs:

English Under the Arches
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is a free opportunity to learn essential English phrases in order to effectively communicate with fellow staff members, customers, and most importantly in everyday life.

High School Completion
This is a nationally accredited Career Online High School program offered to eligible restaurant managers and crew that allows them to obtain their high school diploma. All costs are covered by our Tuition Assistance Program.

College Access & Completion
This program helps eligible restaurant crew and managers find the most efficient and affordable path to a two- or four-year degree.

  • Tuition Assistance – Our Tuition Assistance Program provides upfront tuition assistance for college courses at higher education institutions accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • ACE – McDonald’s management training curriculum carries American Council on Education (ACE) college credit recommendations that can be transferred to many two- and four-year colleges.
  • College Credit Connection Program – We have partnered with 6 colleges that map out ACE college credit recommendations into specific courses and offer discounted tuition rates.
  • Scholarships – McDonald’s annually offers 50 awards of $2,500/each (one per state) and 3 awards of $7,500/each.

Education Advising Services
We offer a range of resources and support in order to help eliminate barriers for eligible employees returning to school.

  • Advising Services with education experts to help restaurant staff identify the most efficient and affordable path to reach their education goals
  • “Virtual Advisor” app that calculates American Council on Education (ACE) college credit recommendations and offers college placement advice
  • Learning module that helps employees make better informed decisions about their education

Hamburger University
Since 1961, Hamburger University has offered graduates a unique management curriculum that is as thought-provoking as it is comprehensive. Hamburger U teaches in a total of 28 languages, some of which include Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Mandarin with the opportunity for college credit to be earned. McDonald’s management and mid-management development now carries 49 American Council on Education in all.

Learn more about our progress by reading our 2016 Archways to Opportunity Progress Report.

Restaurant Opportunities

Corporate Opportunities