Ivy Tech, McDonald's launch alliance

AP file photo A new partnership between Ivy Tech and McDonald's aims to make the Indiana community college more affordable.

McDonald’s restaurants and Ivy Tech Community College are launching an alliance to make college more affordable and offer training for those new to the workforce that will be shared at more than 300 McDonald’s locations in Indiana and 18 Ivy Tech campuses with 40 sites.

Through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program, restaurant employees who work a minimum of 90 days at 15 hours per week will be eligible for tuition assistance of up to $2,500 per year as a crew member and up to $3,000 per year as a manager. Ivy Tech will offer "crosswalk credits" to McDonald’s restaurant employees for some on-the-job training and classes, plus individualized counseling — allowing them to earn a degree faster.

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