Fast food chain works to help employees

McDonald's program Archways to Opportunity helps its employees to fund their education, earn their GED or learn English as a second language.

Posted: Dec 20, 2019 6:30 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - One fast food chain works to help employees fund their education The McDonald's Archway to Opportunity program provided about $700,000 to Mississippi workers this year.

The program helps students financially, but it can also help workers earn their GED or learn English as their second language.

Ziare White is a shift manager at the McDonald's in Macon, Mississippi and said this program changed his life,“Some of the employees really don’t even know that McDonald's will pay for you to go to school...It was different for me because I found out so much, the more you learn from McDonald's the better chance of advancement you have.”

White is from Long Island, New York. 

He lost his father during his senior year in high school. 

He then moved to Macon to deal with the death of his father both emotionally and financially. White enrolled at Mississippi State University to earn a business administration degree with a concentration in management.  

He stressed about how he would pay for school. Through Archways to Opportunity, White received about 3,000 each year since 2017.

“Money is a problem, but if you’re really dedicated and want to get your education it shouldn’t be a problem.”

White said the program allowed him to attain his goals more easily. Once he graduates, he wants to become the store manager of a McDonald's.

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