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Papa John’s to offer full tuition benefit

BY Dan Berthiaume

Papa John’s is stepping up its commitment to employees.

The chain announced a new tuition benefit program, called “Dough & Degrees,” for the 20,000 associates that work at company-owned stores and at headquarters. The reimbursement program, being offered in partnership with Purdue University Global, covers 100% of tuition costs of undergraduate and graduate online degree programs for Papa John’s corporate team members. The fully funded tuition benefit is available for all employees who have worked 90 days at the company and work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

The new program allows eligible employees to expand their skill set, build leadership and management expertise, and prepare to advance their careers by selecting an online degree program that matches their career goals, the company said. Employees can enroll in any of Purdue Global’s online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, including business, information technology, cybersecurity, accounting and finance.

“We want to be an employer of choice in the marketplace,” said Papa John’s chief people officer Marvin Boakye. “This new tuition benefit program not only provides our team members with a tremendous career growth opportunity, but it gives us a competitive advantage in the marketplace that will make us better as an organization.”

An additional education program through the alliance with Purdue Global is also available for Papa John’s 70,000 franchise team members. It offers significant tuition and fee reductions for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as includes waived application fees and covers the cost of course materials, among other benefits.

“We’re delighted to partner with Papa John’s to bring an exceptional Purdue Global student experience to its corporate and franchise team members,” said Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, chancellor of Purdue University Global. “Our new relationship with Papa John’s is an example of how we can help organizations meet the increasing demand for educated and trained workers, while creating a personalized, high-quality education for students that fits their busy schedules.”

According to the National Center of Educational Statistics (NCES), in 2016 the median earnings of young adults with a bachelor’s degree were 57% higher than those with a high school diploma. NCES also found that the median earnings of young adults with a master’s or higher degree were approximately 28% higher than those of young adults with a bachelor’s degree.

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