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June 8, 2022

McDonald’s serves up happy deal for hiring in Maine

restaurant and car FILE PHOTO This McDonald's in Falmouth is one of roughly 60 locations in Maine that plan to add nearly 1,000 employees this summer.

Maine-based restaurants with the fast food giant McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) have boosted their employee benefits packages in an effort to hire 986 workers this summer.

Hoping to pull in full-time, part-time and first-time workers in a tight job market, McDonald's has enhanced benefits to include perks such as emergency elder care, child care and bonus programs.

New this year, McDonald’s has partnered with online Western Governors University to provide employees and their families with a 5% discount on tuition, as well as access to WGU-funded scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to $10,000.

“As local business owners, we strive each and every day to foster an educational environment where our crew members can learn vital lessons and skills to achieve their professional goals and build brighter futures,” said Maine franchisee Ron Lydick.

The package includes the opportunity for workers to earn a high school diploma, take ESL classes, get tuition assistance and receive free guidance from advisors through Archways to Opportunity, McDonald’s education and career advising program, at participating restaurants. 

The partnership with WGU builds on other McDonald’s educational partnerships established in order to make higher education more affordable for employees. Employees working at restaurants participating in Archways to Opportunity can also receive 100% of the cost of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from Colorado Technical University reimbursed, as well as a free laptop to support their studies. 

For more than six years, Archways to Opportunity has provided support for McDonald’s workers. More than 50% of workers enrolled in the program are individuals who identify as people of color and almost two-thirds of participants are women. 

The hiring spree builds on similar ones in Maine over the past two years. 

In 2021, McDonald’s wanted to hire roughly 910 employees for a variety of jobs at McDonald’s franchises across the state. In the summer of 2020, the chain said it expected to add 1,000 employees in Maine.

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