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McDonald's Management & Associates Degree Program

Employer Name: McDonald's
Location: Chicago, IL
Job Code: 1217


Start your career path to success through this joint career advancement and educational program.


Partnering with Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and the City Colleges of Chicago, McDonald’s is offering an exciting opportunity for Chicago’s unemployed and underemployed young adults. If you are between 18-26 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED, this is your chance to position yourself for immediate and long-term success at McDonald’s, a global leader founded locally and headquartered in Chicago.


Program Overview:

This new opportunity is a joint collaboration between Skills for Chicagoland’s Future’s Beyond the Diploma program and McDonald’s Archways to Opportunities initiative, focused on Chicago’s young adult job seekers. Over two years, program participants will work part-time at McDonald’s while also attending classes at the City Colleges of Chicago to receive their associate degree. Skills for Chicagoland’s Future will be your guide through the hiring process, as well as provide access to supportive services and mentoring supports.


McDonald’s is dedicated to investing in their staff and future leaders. McDonald’s will be investing in the participants of this program, providing supports to ensure the associate degree is earned at no cost to the program participant. Upon completion of the program, participants are ready for long-term success at McDonald’s and will continue their career path into restaurant management and beyond! 


Your Career Path at McDonald’s:

Starting as a Crew Member, participants will take the first step in their career journey at McDonald’s. Crew Members gain valuable customer service, operations, and leadership skills, while playing a key role in a customer’s restaurant experience. As a Crew Member, participants learn food preparation and cooking techniques on the wide range of restaurant equipment and tools, produce orders to a consistently high standard, and much more!


After achieving success as a Crew Member, over the course of 18 – 24 months, participants will be guided along a defined career path, gaining promotions (promotions are performance based) and experience leading to roles as a Shift Lead/Manager, and Department Manager and even General Manager. McDonald's can take you anywhere, and give you the benefits you need for your life while doing so.


Attending the City Colleges of Chicago:

Participants will be enrolled in an Associate Degree program focused on retail/restaurant management, attending 6-12 credit-hours worth of classes per semester over the duration of the two-year program. Based on McDonald’s investment in participants, cohort members will attend CCC with no out of pocket costs for the duration of the program.


The Process: I’m interested, what do I do now?

To participate, all interested individuals must apply through Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills). Skills will then guide qualified applicants through the various enrollment and application processes. If you are ready to participate in this life-changing program, click "Apply" below!


Program Success:

Program participants will receive support and resources throughout the program from mentors and guidance staff. Additionally, program participants will be interacting with each other and operating as a cohort, providing peer relationships and teambuilding.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma/GED
  • City of Chicago resident
  • Qualified to pursue a City Colleges of Chicago associate degree program
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and holidays


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