Can Flipping Burgers Count as College Credit?

By: Anneken Tappe · July 09, 2024 · Reading Time: < 1 minute

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Some employers help workers pay for their college education, or help with student loans. But major companies are taking their educational benefits to another level.

Walmart (WMT), McDonald’s (MCD), and Jiffy Lube (SHEL) have launched initiatives to turn on-the-job experience into college credit, according to reporting from NPR .

Shifts For Credits

The idea isn’t unheard of. Some tech giants offer college credit for professional development programs, for example. But it’s a new option for lower-wage industries, such as retail and fast food.

With relatively lower-skill jobs at Walmart or McDonald’s opening the door to additional college credit, valuable professional skills like inventory management, sales, and customer service suddenly shine in a new light.

The companies are working with select community colleges and partner universities to determine if and how these skills might translate into credit.

It’s early days for these programs. But if successful, they could benefit student workers and employers, alike. Workers are incentivized to attend college not instead of but as well as working, while companies are building on their existing community programs to foster loyalty.

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