McDonald’s is Using Career Online High School to change lives

Warren Buffet Quote

McDonald’s announces that Archways to Opportunity, its workforce education program, has enrolled more than 5,000 people since its creation one year ago. ed2go’s nationally-accredited Career Online High School program is offered to eligible restaurant managers and crew to obtain a high school diploma at no cost.

“Archways to Opportunity was created so those at McDonald’s could attain the dream of finishing high school, going to college to earn a degree and advancing their careers without being held back by high costs or a lack of access,” said Steve Easterbrook, CEO of McDonald’s. “There is no better investment than one in the people who bring our brand to life for customers every day in our restaurants.”

“The progress McDonald’s has made with Archways to Opportunity will have a profound impact on the lives of so many of their employees,” said Warren E. Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway. “By providing free high school completion courses, assistance with college tuition, and academic advising, McDonald’s is ensuring its workers have the tools to succeed throughout their careers and that in turn makes our entire economy stronger.”

McDonald’s wants to help solve the nationwide education challenge in the United States by providing educational opportunities for eligible employees. Archways to Opportunity was designed with the understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to success when it comes to workforce education.

America is facing an uphill battle concerning education. Here are some of the facts:
• Nearly 40 million American working adults don’t have a High School diploma.
• According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with a high school education earn nearly 38% more than those without one.
• By 2020, 65% of jobs will require some college education or above.
• Right now, more than half of middle class students who start college fail to earn a bachelor’s degree within six to eight years. While the reasons behind leaving college vary, about one-third of middle class students who dropped out told the Department of Education they left due to financial considerations.

“At McDonald’s, we are committed to helping people further their education and achieve their dreams. To help those who work both at company-owned and independently franchised restaurants, we created Archways to Opportunity, a comprehensive education strategy with multiple programs that gives people an opportunity to grow and learn – no matter where they are on their journey,” said Global Chief People Officer David Fairhurst. “Some of the best people in the world work here. And whether they stay for a year or for their entire career, we believe in investing in their future.”

Arianna Fewkes is a crew trainer in South Dakota and a hard-working mother of two. She began working on her high school diploma through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity in July 2015. Her dedication to her job and school work allowed her to complete the program in just six months – all while working eight hour days and raising her two young daughters. “It meant a lot to me that my company can actually help people further their education, and then actually help them go further in life,” Fewkes said during her graduation celebration, dressed in cap and gown.  

“We believe Archways to Opportunity allows employees to work toward their goals at their own pace,” said Rob Lauber, Global Chief Learning Officer. “We are proud to have created a program that meets our people wherever they might be on life’s journey. Offering that flexibility was paramount as we wanted to ensure we were creating a program that worked not just for some employees but for all of them.”

Posted in Career Online High School, News Announcements on April 18th, 2016.

Fountaindale Public Library Announces Launch of Career Online High School

Library Serving the Chicago Suburb of Bolingbrook, IL, Now Offers Patrons the Opportunity to Earn a High School Diploma

Southern African Virtual SchoolCareer Online High School’s public library partnership program yesterday introduced the Fountaindale Public Library of Bolingbrook, IL, as its latest library partner. This announcement coincided with Fountaindale Public Library’s launch of Career Online High School as part of its new Passport to Success program. Passport to Success is the library’s initiative geared toward residents who wish to learn basic technology and online communications skills who are also in need of a high school diploma and/or are looking for employment opportunities. Read More…

Posted in Career Online High School, News Announcements, Partner News on October 14th, 2014.

Select New Jersey Public Libraries to Offer Career Online High School

Partnership With the New Jersey State Library System Represents the First Statewide Implementation of Career Online High School

NJ State LibrarySeveral public libraries throughout New Jersey are offering residents the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and credentialed career certificates through Career Online High School, a program brought to libraries by Gale and Smart Horizons Career Online Education and arranged locally through the New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. Qualified residents will be able to earn a high school diploma completely online and gain valuable career skills. Read More…

Southern African Virtual School Partners with Cengage Learning’s ed2go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education to Deliver High School Diplomas

Southern African Virtual School Becomes First Major International Partner to Offer Career Online High School

Southern African Virtual SchoolSouthern African Virtual School (SAVS) is now offering citizens of the Republic of South Africa the opportunity to earn accredited American high school diplomas through Career Online High School (COHS), a program available through ed2go, part of Cengage Learning, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE). This marks the first major international partnership for COHS, an online program established to provide value to students in all global regions, regardless of the structure of the educational system. Read More…

Posted in Career Online High School, News Announcements, Partner News on September 23rd, 2014.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Announces Launch of Career Online High School

One of the Largest and Oldest Library Systems in the Country Serving Over 800,000 Local Residents Now Offers Patrons the Opportunity to Earn a High School Diploma

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton CountyCareer Online High School’s public library partnership program introduced another major library partner yesterday as The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio, announced the launch of the groundbreaking program. The program will provide a limited number of free scholarships to qualified local adult learners looking to advance their careers, prepare for workforce entry or continue their education by earning a fully accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is the now the third major library system in the country to offer this new educational program. Read More…

Posted in Career Online High School, News Announcements, Partner News on September 18th, 2014.

Brown Mackie College Attends 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting with Career Online High School, Championing Workforce Development Initiatives

First Brown Mackie Students Earn Career Online High School Diplomas as Part of Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action Scholarship Program

Brown Mackie CollegeThe Brown Mackie College system of schools recently joined Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and Cengage Learning’s ed2go at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting, a program of the Clinton Global Initiative that addresses economic recovery in the United States. Earlier this year the Brown Mackie College system of schools launched Career Online High School (COHS) on several of its campuses as the first postsecondary partner in SHCOE and ed2go’s CGI Commitment to Action and the program is beginning to recognize its first graduates. SHCOE/ed2go’s Commitment to Action aims to re-engage youth and young adults in education and support employers in providing workforce training as part of CGI’s Education & Workforce Development track. Read More…

Posted in Career Online High School, News Announcements on August 20th, 2014.

Second Major California Public Library System Announces Launch of Career Online High School

Sacramento Public Library Introduces COHS to Patrons; Media, Including The Sacramento Bee, Cover Announcement.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education
Career Online High School’s public library partnership program introduced its second major library partner last week and garnered media coverage in the process. As reported in The Sacramento Bee, the Sacramento Public Library recently became the second California library to offer the groundbreaking program, following the Los Angeles Public Library earlier this year. The program will provide scholarships for local residents to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate. Read More…

Posted in Career Online High School, News Announcements on August 5th, 2014.

Smart Horizons Career Online Education and Cengage Learning’s ed2go Participate in CGI America 2014, Championing Workforce Development Initiatives

Smart Horizons and ed2go’s Commitment to Action partnerships provide scholarships for high school diplomas and career certificates to corporations, non-profit organizations, public libraries, and post-secondary institutions

Dr. Liebman at CGIDr. Howard Liebman
speaking at CGI 2014

Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and Cengage Learning’s ed2go joined workforce training partners last week in Denver at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, a program of the Clinton Global Initiative that addresses economic recovery in the United States. SHCOE/ed2go’s Commitment to Action aims to re-engage youth and young adults in education and support employers in providing workforce training as part of CGI’s Education & Workforce Development track. Read More…

Posted in Career Online High School, News Announcements on July 8th, 2014.

Bullied As a Teenager, RaNesha Gamill Fights Back with Career Online High School and Brown Mackie College, Earning Her High School Diploma and Career Certificate

Career Online High SchoolThanks to a scholarship program established by Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go in partnership with Brown Mackie College, 21-year-old RaNesha Gamill earned her high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate earlier this month through Career Online High School (COHS).

In March, Brown Mackie College joined the long list of educational institutions that have partnered with SHCOE and ed2go to make COHS part of its educational offerings. Brown Mackie College also became the first postsecondary institution to join the “Commitment to Action” agreement SHCOE and ed2go signed with the Clinton Global Initiative in July of 2013. Through this agreement, Brown Mackie College has made 32 scholarships available for students to enroll in COHS, a number matched by SHCOE and ed2go. Read More…

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Graduates From Career Online High School and Is Awarded Scholarship to University

Smart Horizons Career Online EducationEarlier this year, 16-year-old Miami native Leora Haimov discovered that Career Online High School (COHS) was the perfect solution for earning her high school diploma while laying the foundation for her career goals.

After completing the program just four months later, the impressive young woman was awarded a scholarship to Miami International University of Art and Design.

“COHS had the right combination of classes I needed to move toward my career goals,” Leora said. “This program was more interesting and educational than anything I took in my previous school.” Read More…