American restaurant franchise Papa Johnâ€™s Pizza has announced it has partnered with Purdue University Global to provide free tuition for 20,000 of Papa Johnâ€™s corporate employees.
Under the partnership, Papa Johnâ€™s corporate employees can enroll in any of Purdue Globalâ€™s online associate, bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degree programs at no cost to them. Some of the courses offered in these programs include business, information technology, cybersecurity, accounting and finance, according to ABC-affiliate station RTV6.
â€śWe want to be an employer of choice in the marketplace,â€ť said Marvin Boakye, Papa Johnâ€™s chief people officer. â€śThis new tuition benefit program not only provides our team members with a tremendous career growth opportunity, but it gives us a competitive advantage in the marketplace that will make us better as an organization.â€ť
The partnership will also include an education program for 70,000 Papa Johnâ€™s franchise team members, providing reduced tuition and fee costs for undergraduate and graduate degree programs in addition to waived application fees and paying for required course materials.
â€śOur new relationship with Papa Johnâ€™s is an example of how we can help organizations meet the increasing demand for educated and trained workers, while creating a personalized, high-quality education for students that fits their busy schedules,â€ť said Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, chancellor of Purdue University Global.