Monday, December 4, 2023

If you need a job and tuition assistance, you might want to attend any of these job fairs

McDonald’s and ECPI University are teaming up to offer three job fairs in Hampton Roads, and offering tuition assistance in an effort to attract applicants interested in going to college.

The job fairs will be held on June 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in both Virginia Beach (5555 Greenwich Road) and Newport News (1001 Omni Blvd. #100); and on June 14 in Norfolk at the Culinary Institute of Virginia (2428 Alameda Ave.), also from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“ECPI University recognizes the need to foster a relationship with our growing workforce development community by connecting them with opportunities in higher education that will make the cost of tuition affordable for prospective students,” said Sara Stone, ECPI campus director of career services. “McDonald’s is a huge employer in our country and has franchises located in all of our campus territories, so naturally this seemed like a good fit to make a connection with young adults who may be looking to further their own professional development and careers.”

Through its Archways to Opportunity Tuition Assistance Program, McDonald’s offers $2,500 in tuition assistance to its restaurant crews and $3,000 for managers.

ECPI will match that amount through its Educational Partnership Program, while also waiving application and registration fees. The school will also provide a 15 percent tuition discount for McDonald’s employees and their immediate family members who do not qualify for EPP monies.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for McDonald’s and ECPI,” said Terrance McRae, regional human resources manager for McDonald’s. “The job fairs will provide owner/operators the opportunity to meet with college-focused applicants who can grow with McDonald’s, and ECPI will be able to introduce itself to prospective students.”

The job fairs are open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Questions can be directed to 240-497-3733.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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