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Sheridan joins Ontario colleges in groundbreaking agreement with McDonald’s Canada on business training

Aug 19, 2016

For the first time in Ontario, McDonald’s employees can now receive credits towards a college business diploma, thanks to a new agreement between Colleges Ontario, the advocacy body for Ontario’s 24 colleges, and McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited.

Under the agreement, employees who have completed specific McDonald’s training will be eligible to be granted the equivalent of first-year credit for a business or business administration program at one of 24 Ontario colleges, including Sheridan. This may lead to significant cost-savings for eligible McDonald’s employees by reducing the number of courses and time required to earn a diploma – with potential savings of up to $4,500.

“Sheridan is pleased to participate in this partnership with McDonald’s, which has the potential to help many McDonald’s employees fast-track their way to a valuable postsecondary credential,” says Sylvia Lowndes, Dean of Sheridan’s Pilon School of Business. “We offer 2-year business diplomas and 3-year business administration advanced diplomas at our Brampton and Mississauga campuses. Graduates of these programs have the further option of progressing into one of five Honours Bachelor of Business Administration programs.”

“McDonald’s and its independent franchisees are committed to providing opportunities for people to learn life skills that will set them up for success,” says Sharon Ramalho, Chief People Officer of McDonald’s Canada. “We’re so pleased to work with the colleges on this new program that not only recognizes the quality of McDonald’s training, but also empowers employees to apply the skills they’ve learned to reach their career and academic goals.”

Sheridan has agreed to grant recognition for first-year business credit into the business diploma or business administration advanced diploma to McDonald’s managers who have successfully completed the company’s management development program level 2, with some additional requirements. This means that eligible employees will be able to directly enter the second year of the diploma or advanced diploma programs.

For details on the agreement between Sheridan and McDonald’s, visit:

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