Do you know someone who needs a summer job? You might want to look into working at Starbucks - it will now pay for its employees to go to college.
Employees that work more than 20 hours per week and have qualifying academic records and test scores can now enroll in Arizona State University's online classes.
From Starbucks' press release:
Partners admitted to ASU as a junior or senior will earn full tuition reimbursement for each semester of full-time coursework they complete toward a bachelor’s degree. Freshmen and sophomores will be eligible for a partial tuition scholarship and need-based financial aid for two years of full-time study. Partners will have no commitment to remain at the company past graduation.
Unlike most tuition reimbursement programs, Starbucks will not require that the courses you take be in a related field - students are free to study whatever they like. Better yet, they are free to leave Starbucks when they complete their degrees.
Starbucks is, in effect, inviting its workers, from the day they join the company, to study whatever they like, and then leave whenever they like — knowing that many of them, degrees in hand, will leave for better-paying jobs.
Even if they did, their experience “would be accreted to our brand, our reputation and our business,” Howard D. Schultz, the company’s chairman and chief executive, said in an interview. “I believe it will lower attrition, it’ll increase performance, it’ll attract and retain better people.”