The biggest worry for students concerning their education is the level of debt they will take on to pay for their degree, according to a 2017 report form The Princeton Review. McDonald’s, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have become known for working to ease that anxiety and help employees pay for college. But in the last few months, a new crop of operators has started vying for top talent by dangling tuition assistance. Here are three restaurants creating education opportunities for foodservice workers.
Marco’s Pizza partners with Bellevue University
This summer, Toledo, Ohio-based Marco’s Pizza started offering full- and part-time employees a tuition assistance program. Staff who enroll at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb., can earn $5,250 each year to put toward their online college expenses. Staff are eligible for the benefit after working at the 800-unit chain for 30 days. Bellevue will also give Marco’s Pizza employees access to academic advising, online tutoring, a writing center and professional development webinars. The partnership helps the brand position itself as an employer of choice as the chain continues its expansion, said Marco’s President Bryon Stephens in a news release.
The Grey launches a scholarship
The Grey, a modern Southern restaurant in a refurbished Greyhound bus depot in Savannah, Ga., is offering to pay a year of tuition and other expenses for two full-time Savannah Tech culinary or hospitality students. Mashama Bailey, executive chef and partner at the restaurant, said that she hopes the scholarship will help fill Savannah restaurants with more dedicated employees, according to Eater. “People were just screwing around [in Savannah],” Bailey said of the city’s restaurant workers. “They just were cooking because it was easy.”
Nick and Jimmy’s foots the bill for local schools
A restaurant group in Albuquerque, N.M., is offering to pay for employees to get their degree at Central New Mexico Community College or at local trade schools, according to the Albuquerque Journal. To qualify for the perk, workers must be on the payroll for six months, work 40 hours a week, pass a drug test and maintain 29 hours at the restaurant during their coursework. “We want educated and dedicated employees,” Nick Kapnison—partner of Nick and Jimmy’s, Mykonos and El Patron—told the publication.