Employment and Jobs

“This Program Changed My Life”: McDonald’s First Graduate of Career Online High School Shares His Story

December 15, 2015  • Juan Garcia

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.

In March 2015, Juan Garcia became the first graduate of Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School, an AdvancED/SACS accredited program offered to eligible McDonald’s® employees as part of the company’s Archways to Opportunity initiative. Through the program, McDonald’s® employees can earn both an accredited high school diploma and career certificate in one of eight high-growth, entry-level career fields. Below, Juan shares his story.

My name is Juan Garcia. I’m a general manager at a McDonald’s® in Chatsworth, California. I am proud to say that in March 2015, at 40 years of age, I finally became a high school graduate! I graduated from Career Online High School (COHS)—a program that has changed my life forever. Upon graduating from COHS, I immediately enrolled in college and I expect to earn my Associate of Arts (AA) degree at College for America this month, December 2015. Thanks to COHS, I am now prepared for future opportunities with the experience, knowledge, and education I need.

This piece was excerpted from the Cengage blog. Click here to read more.

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

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