Alliance Guarantees Acceptance into Colorado Technical University for McDonald’s Employees who earn an Accredited High School Diploma from Career Online High School

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, April 13, 2016 – Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School (COHS), part of the world’s first AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited online school district, and Colorado Technical University (CTU) announced today an academic alliance that guarantees admission to CTU for all McDonald’s restaurant employees who earn an accredited high school diploma from COHS. Both COHS and CTU are part of McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity employee education program.

“McDonald’s comprehensive education strategy, Archways to Opportunity, helps people who work at both company-owned and independently franchised restaurants learn English language skills, earn a high school diploma, and complete a college degree. We would not be able to provide these opportunities without the commitment of our dedicated partners, Colorado Technical University and Career Online High School. We are thrilled that they are working together to provide restaurant employees with even more opportunities,” stated Lisa Schumacher, Director of Education Strategies for McDonald’s Corporation.

As a part of Archways to Opportunity, employees of all McDonald’s corporate- and franchised-owned restaurants are eligible to enroll in COHS and earn an accredited high school diploma at no cost to the employee. McDonald’s employees are also provided a 15 percent tuition grant when they enroll at CTU.

“We’re proud to partner with Career Online High School to provide McDonald’s employees with a seamless pathway from earning their high school diploma to pursuing a university degree program,” said Andrew H. Hurst, University President at CTU. “Each student’s educational journey is unique and we take great pride in helping those who have recently earned their high school diploma strive for their next degree.”

“Aligning with such a well-respected postsecondary institution as CTU expands on our mission to provide McDonald’s employees a viable pathway from diploma to degree,” stated COHS District Superintendent Dr. Howard Liebman. “Our two institutions share a similar vision under the Archways to Opportunity education program, which is to help McDonald’s employees build a brighter future through education.”

About Colorado Technical University

Founded in 1965, Colorado Technical University (CTU) offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs taught by real-world faculty members who prepare students for today’s challenges and the hard-hitting problems of tomorrow. CTU’s personalized, online learning system allows students to control what, where, when and how they learn. For more information, please visit

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