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Selmon Follows Path to STLCC through McDonald's

April 04, 2018

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You might think it would take working many, many extra shifts at McDonald’s to earn enough money for college tuition.

Think again. Just ask Audra Selmon.

Selmon, a shift manager at the Westport McDonald’s, is attending St. Louis Community College-Forest Park through an education assistance program.

Selmon is earning more than $1,000 in tuition assistance through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program. Since 2016, St. Louis Community College has partnered with McDonald’s of St. Louis and the Metro East to help food service employees further their education and achieve their goals.

"With our affordable price, 15 college-transfer options and 100-plus career programs, together with McDonald’s tuition assistance, we can help employees get the educational background they need to achieve their goals," said Jeff L. Pittman, Ph.D., STLCC chancellor.

Selmon recently discussed the program on Fox 2 News and KPLR-TV.

McDonald’s is committed to helping people grow no matter where they are in their journey and STLCC, which is the largest community college district in Missouri, provides a quality education at an affordable price. Together, they want to expand access to education to as many people as possible.

Programs are available to McDonald’s employees and the employees of participating independent franchisees. Here are just a few ways Archways to Opportunity can help employees on the path to success:

  • Improve English skills
  • Earn a high school diploma
  • Work toward a college degree
  • Get help making an education plan for success

McDonald’s also has announced it will allocate about $150 million over the next five years to help employees like Selmon pursue their educational dreams.

Since its inception in 2015, McDonalds has awarded more than $21 million in tuition assistance to high school and college students. And more than 24,000 McDonald’s employees in the United States have enrolled in a program through Archways to Opportunity.