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McDonald’s looks to fill 5,000 new jobs in the tri-state area, targeting college students

NEW JERSEY — McDonald’s is going on a hiring binge across the tri-state area.

The fast-food giant is looking to add 5,000 people to its payroll by this summer in New Jersey while in independent franchises expect to hire 9,000 in New York and 2,000 in Connecticut, the company told PIX11 News.

Help is wanted at 265 McDonald’s restaurants across New Jersey. While anyone is encouraged to apply, the opportunities are geared toward college students.

The Archways to Opportunity program, which launched in 2015, is part of the company’s effort to help staffers further their education. The program provides eligible U.S. employees with the ability to obtain a high school diploma, master English skills or earn a college degree. 

Since the program launched, more than 1,500 employees in the tri-state area have participated in the program, with more than $1 million in scholarships awarded to participants and more than $21 million have has been awarded to restaurant employees throughout the country, according to the program’s website.

Employees who work a minimum of 15 hours a week for 90 days can seek tuition assistance of $2,500 per year. McDonald’s managers are also eligible for tuition reimbursement for up to $3,000 each year.

Beginning this month, the company plans to triple funding for the program by investing $150 million over the next five years to give restaurant employees more money for college.

McDonald’s is proud to offer educational assistance to help their employees reach their next step in education,

“As McDonald’s franchisees, we are thrilled that more of our employees will now be able to take advantage of these education programs,” said Paul Hendel, President of the New York Tri-State McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association. “Whether an employee chooses to stay with McDonald’s or move on to another chapter in their career, we are proud to offer educational assistance to help them reach that next step. It is all part of our ongoing commitment to being America’s best first job.”

The company’s website also states that the Career Online High School and College Advisory Services have expanded to restaurant employees’ family members. For more information on the job openings, visit here