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Papa John’s to Offer Free Degree Program to Corporate Employees

In last month's TD magazine, we discussed organizations offering degree programs to employees. The general premise is that offering these means toward personal growth makes companies look more favorable in the eyes of their workers, as well as the outside community.

Add Papa John's to the list of participants. The pizza delivery restaurant chain is partnering with Purdue University Global to cover all tuition costs for its 20,000 corporate employees for undergraduate and graduate degrees earned through the online college. The company's roughly 70,000 franchise team members are also eligible for what it describes as "significant" tuition and fee reductions in degree programs.

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The program, aptly named Dough & Degrees, is open to eligible employees for any of Purdue Global's associate, bachelor's, or master's degrees, including business, IT, cybersecurity, finance, and accounting. Purdue has 14 locations around the United States, but participants can complete the program online.

While this may be in part an effort to repair the company's image (the founder was forced to resign in 2018), this movement is rapidly picking up steam across industries—even fast food. Focusing on people makes them happier and more efficient workers.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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