Employment and Jobs

Disney Invests in Employees’ Futures with Unprecedented Education Program

August 21, 2018  • UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news featuring one of our partners.

Walt Disney statue and Mickey Mouse statue at Disneyland in Orlando

Today Disney announced the launch of Disney Aspire, a groundbreaking education program for 80,000 hourly employees in the US. The program includes a network of schools that offer a wide array of disciplines and diplomas—including college and master’s degrees, high school equivalency, English-language learning, vocational training, and more. The company covers 100 percent of the cost of tuition, application fees, books, and materials. Aspire gives employees choice and flexibility with their studies, regardless of whether the program and classes they choose are tied to their current role at Disney. Disney has partnered with Guild Education to provide personalized coaching for participating employees. Click here to learn more.

Disney is frequently recognized for its upskilling efforts and is a featured player in our UpSkilling Playbook for Employers. Learn more about Disney’s upskilling efforts in our sections on High School Completion/Equivalency, Employee Training, and College Degrees.

More upskilling news from Disney
Share now

#Upskilling is magical. @WaltDisneyCo’s new Disney Aspire program expands employees’ access to affordable education.

“We are constantly looking at ways to help people realize their ambitions and fulfill their dreams, this program is the latest in that effort.” -Jayne Parker, Senior EVP & Chief HR Officer @WaltDisneyCo

“Our team set out to design the most comprehensive, flexible and high-quality education investment program offered to employees today.” -Jayne Parker, Senior EVP & Chief HR Officer @WaltDisneyCo


Employment and Jobs
Models of Upskilling: College Degrees
June 1, 2017 • UpSkill America & 1 more


Join the upskilling movement

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement that promotes training and advancement practices to help workers progress in their careers and move into better-paying jobs. UpSkill America is an initiative of the Economic Opportunities Program.

Learn how the Economic Opportunities Program is helping low- and moderate-income Americans connect to and thrive in a changing economy. Follow us on social media and join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on publications, blog posts, and other announcements.

* indicates required

Mailing Lists