Danielle Dawkins Austin is the co-owner of two McDonald's restaurants in North Philadelphia.

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McDonald's increasing access to education for its employees

Eligibility requirements have been changed.

June 20, 2018 - 1:47 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — McDonald's launched the "Archways to Opportunity" program in 2015. It helps employees with education assistance, high school completion,  English as a second language  and academic advising.

Danielle Dawkins Austin is the co-owner of two McDonald's restaurants in North Philadelphia.

"My employees, it has really helped them to complete their high school education," Dawkins Austin said. "A lot of them don't like to admit that they didn't finish high school, but this is a way for them to do it at their own pace. And I have a lot of students that are headed off to college. This will be a way for them to pay for books, one of their classes. And one of my locations is on Temple University's main campus, so we actually get to hire a lot of the students, and it helps them to pay for their education."

There is $2,500 towards tuition assistance for crew and $3,000 for managers. Employees are now eligible after 90 days of service instead of 9 months.