Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier and Mike Kefer, owner of McDonald's on St. Joe Center Road, announce Tuesday a partnership between the college and restaurant to help workers access higher education. Staff photo by Michelle Davies
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier and Mike Kefer, owner of McDonald's on St. Joe Center Road, announce Tuesday a partnership between the college and restaurant to help workers access higher education. Staff photo by Michelle Davies
Workers filled orders at a Fort Wayne McDonald's on Thursday morning as officials from the fast-food chain and Ivy Tech Community College announced a statewide partnership that could make it easier for those employees to access higher education.

Through McDonald's Archways to Opportunity, employees who work at least 90 days at 15 hours a week will be eligible for tuition assistance of up to $3,000 annually, depending on their job. The program launched in 2015.

The new partnership with Ivy Tech “takes our tuition assistance program even further,” said McDonald's owner/operator Mike Kefer, who hosted the announcement at his store along St. Joe Center Road just north of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne buildings.

“Each Ivy Tech campus will dedicate an adviser to McDonald's employee enrollment, questions and scheduling needs,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said in a statement. “We are committed to helping each and every employee further their education and achieve their dreams.”

McDonald's employees may also receive college credit at Ivy Tech for certain workplace training or experiences, said Jerrilee Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.
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