On the evening of July 18, nine local McDonald’s employees gathered in Haverhill, Mass. to be recognized for their hard work and dedication in learning English through English Under the Arches (EUA), a free education program offered by McDonald’s. Through the program, employees from local Owner/Operator David Yee’s restaurants completed a 22-week English skills course at no cost to them. The course was facilitated by local ESL teachers and encouraged students to continue on with English education. The students, some of whom have been employed by McDonald’s for more than a decade, celebrated their accomplishment alongside their managers, McDonald’s restaurant Owner/Operators, top company directors, family and friends. Many graduates hope their new skills will help them reach their dream of become restaurant managers, and several will continue on to the next EUA course focusing on English writing skills.
English Under the Arches is a segment of McDonald’s larger educational program Archways to Opportunity, which offers free educational programs to employees – from a GED certification through graduate school. Congratulations to the graduates, teachers and local McDonald’s leaders who continue to make this program a success!