All KFC U.S. restaurant employees at participating restaurants can now apply for college tuition assistance through the recently expanded KFC REACH Educational Grant Program.
The decision to expand the program, one of several employee‐focused offerings from the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, makes restaurant general managers and assistant managers eligible to apply for the award, in addition to hourly team members and shift supervisors. RGMs and AUMs who are selected will receive $3,000 to help pay for college tuition and other school‐related fees. The change will take effect with the 2017 REACH Grant application early next year. Winners may reapply for the funds every year.
KFC U.S. restaurant employees can also now earn college credit for completing training. Earlier this year, the American Council on Education’s (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service recommended college credit for five KFC restaurant‐ and field‐level training programs.
The expanded REACH Grant program, coupled with employees’ ability to earn college credit for workplace training, enables even more KFC restaurant employees to accelerate their learning and progress toward earning a college degree. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE Credit recommendations for transfer to degree programs. Employees can earn up to 9 college credit hours through the approved programs. With the average college credit hour costing $253, employees completing all the ACE‐recognized trainings earn an additional $2,277 in value toward his/her degree.
With the support of KFC Franchisees and the KFC Corporation, the Foundation, an independent non‐ profit organization, also offers the REACH HIGH ‐ High School Equivalency Program, in partnership with GED Testing Service. Every eligible KFC restaurant employee who seeks assistance through REACH HIGH is admitted into the free, all‐inclusive program that provides unlimited access to GED® preparation and testing, all with the help of a personal GED AdvisorTM and a test‐pass guarantee.
“Our goal is to help people be their best selves, no strings attached. So, we’re providing a spectrum of educational development opportunities for employees—from GED through college,” said KFC Chief People Officer and Foundation Board Member John Kurnick. “That said, research shows investing in someone’s education makes them more likely to stay with a company and improves overall engagement in our brand and with our guests. For that reason, we know our franchise partners will continue to leverage these offerings as tools for recruitment and retention.”
For more information on the Foundation’s REACH Educational Grant and REACH HIGH – High School Equivalency Programs and the ACE College Credit Program, visit TeamKFC.