SPRINGDALE — Tyson Foods announced plans Monday to provide free education to all members of Team USA.
Starting this summer, Team USA members will have the opportunity to earn master’s, undergraduate and associate degrees, career certificates and fundamentals in literacy and technology – all for free.
Tyson is partnering with social impact corporation Guild to expand its existing Upward Academy program to include access to more than 175 programs from more than 35 of the nation’s top universities and training providers.
The $60 million investment over four years will cover 100% of all tuition, books, and team member fees.
“This commitment to our team members reinforces our belief that they are the cornerstone of our current and future success. Providing fairness and opportunity to every member of our team is part of our goal to make Tyson the most desirable place to work,” said John R. Tyson, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer at Tyson. Foods. “Offering educational benefits will continue to lay the foundation for the personal and professional growth of our team members.”
Free education is the latest example of Tyson’s efforts to invest in his team members. The company invested more than $500 million in pay raises and bonuses for its hourly workforce last year, according to a press release from the company on Monday.
The initiative expands Upward Academy, an on-site adult education program that since 2016 has offered free ESL, general education, citizenship, financial and digital literacy classes to frontline employees.
Upward Academy is currently offered at 46 Tyson locations. With the addition of the online program, team members at all US locations will now have access to nearly 200 learning programs offered by dozens of higher education institutions.
“We are thrilled to partner with Tyson to enable their team members to pursue career paths that will help them unlock the doors of their dreams,” said Guild CEO Rachel Romer Carlson. “Tyson’s free education and development program reinforces its commitment to creating a quality work environment and a workplace of growth.”
An online portal will allow Tyson team members to access the curriculum and courses covering foundational skills, career certificates and academic degrees.