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August 19, 2016

For the first time in Ontario, McDonald's employees can now receive credits towards a Fanshawe College business diploma, thanks to a new agreement between Colleges Ontario and McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited.


The agreement will create a province-wide partnership with McDonald's Canada, a leading Canadian business, to establish a prior-learning recognition system. McDonald's 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 public colleges in Ontario. This may lead to significant cost-savings for eligible employees by reducing the number of courses and time required to earn a diploma – with potential savings of up to $4,500.


Fanshawe College started the discussions for the agreement with McDonald's Canada five years ago and Mary Pierce, Fanshawe's chair of the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, has served as the provincial lead for the project.


“The Lawrence Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College is honoured to be part of the Colleges Ontario partnership initiative with McDonald's Canada,” says Pierce. “We are really looking forward to welcoming these new students to Fanshawe and working closely with McDonald's on ensuring the success of the program.”


“McDonald's and its independent franchisees are committed to providing opportunities for people to learn life skills that will set them up for success – skills such as leadership, communications, hospitality and profit management,” said 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.”


Across Ontario, 24 public colleges have agreed to grant recognition for first-year business credit into the business diploma or business administration advanced diploma (or the relevant related program at each local college) to McDonald's managers who have successfully completed the management development program level 2, with some additional requirements. This means that employees will have the opportunity to directly enter a second-year business diploma or business administration advanced diploma program.


Students who enter into Fanshawe's Kinlin School business programs will also have an opportunity to complete a pathway to the College's Business Leadership and Management program or to the new Bachelor of Commerce in Management degree program.


About Fanshawe
The College is looking ahead to 2017 when it will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The year will be an exciting opportunity to look back at how much it has grown since 1967 and how it will continue to have a meaningful impact on future students.


Fanshawe is one of Ontario's largest colleges. Its campuses, located in London, Simcoe, St. Thomas and Woodstock, serve close to half a million people with a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite. For nearly 50 years, Fanshawe has been helping people to unlock their potential and achieve success. The College attracts students from 50 countries every year and opens up a world of possibilities through more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programs, along with apprenticeship training.


About McDonald's Canada
In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald's restaurant to Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the Canadian fabric, serving close to three million guests every day. Nearly 90,000 people from coast-to-coast are employed by either McDonald's Canada or independent franchisees, and approximately 85 per cent of McDonald's 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by these independent entrepreneurs. Of the almost $1 billion we spend on food, more than 85 per cent is purchased from Canadian suppliers. For more information on McDonald's Canada visit


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