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Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Employees

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Living in Los Angeles, I have spent quite a bit of time working on projects, meeting colleagues, or just hanging out in Starbucks. I can honestly say that I always thought their employees were genuinely happy and seemed to enjoy their jobs. Starbucks appears to work hard at creating a positive work environment for their employees and now they have given them another reason to smile and possibly stay working for the popular franchise.

The coffee conglomerate will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers and the extraordinarily wonderful aspect of this new venture is that the employees are not required to remain with the company. Starbucks has partnered with Arizona State University to offer this monumental opportunity where employees can get a free education via online courses.

The program is open to any of the company’s employees across the United States, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. A Starbucks employee with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.

Some may say that Starbucks is inviting their employees to study whatever they like and in turn leave the company for a better paying job and this may be true but company chairman, Howard D. Schultz feels differently.

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.”

We say kudos to you Starbucks for truly investing in your employees.

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