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Texarkana College and McDonalds launch new incentive program

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There's a new way to earn money while you learn.

Texarkana College and local McDonald's restaurants are partnering in the Pay for Grades program.

It's an incentive program to help McDonald's build a skilled workforce and help their employees stay in college.

College Freshman and McDonald's employee Keyundra Sanders is working towards a nursing degree at Texarkana College and says the Pay for Grades program will help her earn extra college credits this summer.

"I'm actually trying to bring my GPA up at this time. In the summer I have to pay for a couple of classes, so it's going to help me alot," said Sanders.

McDonald's employee Sara Weems will start school this fall.

While she's not apart of the program yet, Weems is excited to learn about the opportunity.

"I already had it in my mind to go to school, but it makes me really what to go," explained Weems.

Local McDonald's owner Jason Sadowski says the program rewards employees for investing in their future.

"We will be giving $25 per semester hour passed at "C" or better. This is any semester, and for however many classes they pass," said Sadowski.

That means a student taking 12 hours could earn $300 each semester.

Students must work at least two shifts per week at one of the nine area McDonald's restaurants.

Texarkana College President James Henry Russell says it will be an incentive for students to complete their education.

He says Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas fall behind the national average on the percentage of people earning college certificates or degrees.

"We've got to change the thinking of this area. We have to have a higher percent of the population with higher education credentials," said Russell.

Their goal is to have up to 100 college students enrolled in the program by next summer.

Employees will be eligible to earn the cash bonus after 45 days of employment with McDonald's and a transcript showing successful completion of classes.

Interested persons should first apply for employment at Texarkana area McDonald's restaurants by obtaining an application online at www.mcstate.com or in person at 2015 Galleria Oaks Dr., Texarkana, Texas. For additional information about working for McDonald's restaurants, contact Human Resource Manager George Redix, Sr. at 903-794-3761 ext. 305.

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