McDONALD’S® EDUCATION WORKSHOP CONTINUES TO INSPIRE AND IMPACT ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER YOUTH IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR

As immigration and college tuition in the US rise, McDonald’s continues to provide educational information and resources for students and parents

CHICAGO, Ill. (SEPT. 17, 2018) – Now in its 11th year, the McDonald’s Education Workshop Series continues to help provide Asian American families with tools and resources designed to navigate the higher education system on a seven-month long tour across 15 cities in the United States. McDonald’s is committed to sharing resources with students and parents who are seeking information on college enrollment and financial assistance while providing engaging and inspiring resources. The workshop in Los Angeles, CA will be held at Berendo Street Baptist Church on 9/22/18.

“We are so excited to be able to bring back the McDonald’s Education Workshop year-after-year,” said Lizette Williams, Head of Cultural Engagement & Experiences, U.S. Marketing at McDonald’s USA. “We continue to see a need in the Asian-American community for relevant resources about the American education system (including in-language materials), due to population growth largely fueled by immigration. McDonald’s is proud to provide our customers with access to resources about the educational and career opportunities that are important to them.”

Research shows that foreign-born Asians are 55% less likely to speak English proficiently, so there is a vital need for education information and resources to be provided in-language so they can navigate the process of applications, enrollment and scholarships. One way the McDonald’s Education Workshop Series helps to inform parents and student is through its interactive booth, available at all the workshops, where attendees can engage in memorable ways to learn about the six critical criteria in college admission. In addition to the commonly-known criteria of grades, test scores and class rank, students should not overlook the importance of recommendations, extracurricular involvement and demonstrated interest to the desired school. Students and parents at the workshop will also have a chance to speak with representatives from various colleges and obtain scholarship information.

Support of the Education Workshop Series underscores McDonald’s ongoing commitment to providing education and career opportunities for young people. McDonald’s Corporation recently announced a new initiative called Youth Opportunity that sets a global goal to reduce barriers to employment for two million young people by 2025 through pre-employment job readiness training, employment opportunities and education programs. Attendees can also learn more about Archways to Opportunity, a comprehensive education program McDonald’s launched in 2015 that provides eligible U.S. employees at participating restaurants and opportunity to earn a high school degree and receive tuition assistance. McDonald’s recently announced that it will commit $150 million to Archways to Opportunity over the next five years to better provide employees with the resources and financial support they need to pursue their education and career goals.

For further enrichment and inspiration, McDonald’s will feature Nickelodeon’s Megan Lee and internet personality Mike Bow as a part of its Guest Speaker Series at select tour stops across the country. The diverse speakers celebrate achievements from Asian Pacific American individuals working in unique, non-traditional fields, like entertainment and media.

“I am so excited to be a part of the McDonald’s Education Workshop series and help inspire Asian-American students to pursue their passions,” said Mike Bow. “There are endless possibilities now and I want the next generation to not limit themselves in what career they envision for the future.”

Follow Megan Lee and Mike Bow on social media to learn more about their special guest appearance at the 2018 McDonald’s Education Workshop. Students and families are also encouraged to visit McDonaldsAPA.com to find a complete list of the workshop tour stops.

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