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Tuesday August 23rd, 2016

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McDonald’s employees can now receive credits towards a college business diploma, after a new agreement was reached between Colleges Ontario and McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited.

The agreement will create a provincewide partnership with McDonald’s Canada to establish a prior-learning recognition system. McDonald’s employees, who have completed specific McDonald’s training, will be eligible to be granted the equivalent of first-year credit for a business or business administration program at one of twenty-four public colleges in Ontario, including St. Clair College.

The new program could lead to significant cost-savings for eligible employees by reducing the number of courses and time required to earn a diploma with potential savings of up to $4,500.

“We’re thrilled to offer such an amazing program with McDonald’s Canada,” said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “This unique arrangement marks a new way of thinking about how employees can get access to further education and training without repeating learning they have already acquired. It’s the type of innovative partnership that colleges and businesses will be doing more of as Canada looks to strengthen its workforce and its economy.”

Across Ontario, twenty-four public colleges have agreed to grant recognition for first-year business credit into the business diploma or business administration advanced diploma (or the relevant related program at each local college) to McDonald’s managers who have successfully completed the management development program level 2, with some additional requirements. This means that employees will have the opportunity to directly enter a second-year business diploma or business administration advanced diploma program.

The program is now available for McDonald’s employees across Ontario. McDonald’s Canada currently offers a similar program in B.C. with the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is also exploring programs with other post-secondary institutions across the country.

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