Ed2go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education Partner with McDonald’s® To Offer Education Opportunities to Eligible Employees

Employees Without High School Diplomas Qualify for Unique Opportunity as Part of McDonald’s “Archways to Opportunity™” Educational Program

Boston, MA, April 8, 2015– Eligible employees working in McDonald’s restaurants who are interested in earning an AdvancED/SACS/NCA accredited high school diploma and entry-level workforce certificate now have access to Career Online High School (COHS), an innovative educational program developed by Smart Horizons Career Online Education in partnership with ed2go, part of Cengage Learning. COHS is being offered to qualifying employees working in company-owned and franchise-owned restaurants as part of “Archways to Opportunity,” a groundbreaking new employee education program promoting workforce education to support business and ensure employee success and advancement.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of McDonald’s commitment to education, which will help provide a brighter future for the people working in their restaurants,” stated Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s founder and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Howard Liebman. “COHS will be an important component of the Archways to Opportunity workforce education program which underscores McDonald’s commitment to investing in their people. They are improving lives through re-engaging older youth and adults back into the educational system.”

“At McDonald’s, we believe that education is the true game-changer and we’re proud to provide tools and world-class training that help people succeed within our System,” said Rob Lauber, Chief Learning Officer at McDonald’s. “As part of our Archways to Opportunity program, we are pleased to be working with Career Online High School to make a high school diploma possible for our people — along with the opportunity to gain real-world career skills with older youth and adult workforce-focused curriculum.”

The McDonald’s Archway to Opportunity is an industry leading workforce education program that helps eligible employees learn English-language skills, earn a high school diploma, and move on to an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.

“Broadening access to education and workforce development opportunities is an important part of our mission, and we’re very excited to work with McDonald’s to help employees realize their education goals,” said Ron Stefanski, Executive Director of Strategic Alliances at ed2go. “McDonald’s recognizes that investing in their people is all about enhancing work life for employees—by providing skills they need to grow and develop.”

Smart Horizons and Cengage Learning have partnered with several leading organizations to offer COHS to employees and communities, such as Brown Mackie College, Kinexus, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, and other corporations, non-profits and public library systems. COHS has also been recognized as part of a Commitment to Action by the Clinton Global Initiative and acknowledged at the White House College Opportunity Summit.

To learn more about the COHS program and partnership opportunities, please visit http://www.careeronlinehs.org/. Employees working in McDonald’s restaurants interested to learn more COHS should visit http://www.aboutmcdonalds.com/mcd/corporate_careers/training_and_development/hamburger_university/college_credit_connection.html.

About Cengage Learning and ed2go
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide.  ed2go, part of Cengage Learning, is the largest provider of turnkey online training and education solutions serving the adult education, career and corporate training markets. With over 2,000 colleges, universities, community based organizations and other training providers, ed2go has served more than 2.5 million students. ed2go’s ever-growing catalog of Online Courses and Career Training Programs makes it simple for students to enrich their lives or reach professional goals in a supportive and engaging environment. For more information: www.cengage.com and www.ed2go.com.

About Smart Horizons Career Online Education
Smart Horizons Career Online Education, founded in 2009 and located in Pensacola, Florida, is a private, AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district. AdvancED/SACS District accreditation signifies that SHCOE and all of its schools are fully accredited and that SHCOE is recognized across the nation as a quality school system. Smart Horizons Career Online Education offers 18-credit, career-based high school diploma programs that are designed to prepare students for entrance into the workplace. Career certificate offerings include Childcare Education, Office Management, Protection Services, Homeland Security, Transportation Services, Professional Skills, Retail Customer Service Skills, and Food & Customer Service Skills.