Papa John’s has announced that it recently hired 20,000 new workers and will hire 10,000 more in the coming months. The brand is also expanding its college tuition benefit program, “Dough and Degrees.” The expansion of this program includes the addition of two new partners, Southern New Hampshire University and the University of Maryland Global Campus. These schools join the one already in the program, Purdue University Global.
“We want to make it quick and simple for team members to join Papa John’s and immediately begin earning an income. An added benefit is access to a long-term pathway toward sustained personal and professional growth,” said Marvin Boakye, Papa John’s chief people and diversity officer, in a Papa John’s press release. “COVID-19 has changed how we live, work, and learn. With this significant expansion to our first-of-its-kind college tuition program, our team members will have the opportunity to earn not only a paycheck but also a college degree.”
Papa John’s employees can pick from a variety of undergraduate and graduate in different fields of study through the three previously stated schools. All the schoolwork is done online through each school’s program, which makes it a practical choice for continuing education with schools facing a challenge of on-campus classes with the pandemic.
“We are pleased to join with Papa John’s in support of their commitment to extending educational opportunities to employees and further developing workforce skills,” said UMGC President Javier Miyares, in the same release. “For more than 70 years, UMGC has emphasized quality academic programs and a student support system that address the specific needs of working adults, and our online programs are designed to fit education around students’ busy lives and careers.”
Both SNHU and the University of Maryland Global Campus offer diverse and affordable programs, with some options being around $2,500 per semester for franchise team members. According to the press release, other scholarships may be available to lower tuition costs, and most programs use low or no-cost materials.
“We are thrilled to team up with Papa John’s to make a college degree more achievable for thousands of corporate and franchise team members across the nation,” said Sarah Normand, SNHU Workforce Partnerships Senior Vice President and Executive Director, also in the press release. “Our hope is that this partnership will allow Papa John’s team members to achieve their educational goals, and also help the organization attract and retain talent.”
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