If you’re currently a Starbucks employee located in the U.S. and are having trouble affording a college education, you’re in luck! The company announced on Monday that it has partnered with Arizona State University to provide free online college education to it’s workers.
All part-time and full-time employees are eligible for this program as long as they’re working at least 20 hours a week and meet the academic requirements (grades and test scores) to get accepted into Arizona State University.
“There’s no doubt, the inequality within the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind,” Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, said in a statement. “Everyone who works as hard as our partners do should have the opportunity to complete college, while balancing work, school and their personal lives.”
The great thing about this program is that it’s open to new employees as well. There is also no requirement that you must stay with the company for a certain time period to get all the benefits of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. Lastly, this perk is available for ALL Starbucks-operated stories, which includes Teavana, La Boulange, Evolution Fresh and Seattle’s Best Coffee stores.
While this is certainly a great move by Starbucks to help give back, I’m very bitter that this wasn’t available years ago, when I was a young barista trying to balance school and work at the same time. Oh well, you can’t have everything you want in life.