Earlier this year Bob Iger, Disney Chairman and CEO, announced an initial $50 million investment in a new and ongoing education initiative aimed specifically at The Walt Disney Company’s hourly workforce. This investment, Disney Aspire, was launched this week and is the most comprehensive program of its kind. Hourly employees are now being offered a wide array of disciplines and diplomas. And even more incredible – the tuition is paid upfront.
Iger said, “I have always believed that education is the key to opportunity. It opens doors and creates new possibilities.” And senior executive vice president & chief HR officer for The Walt Disney Company, Jayne Parker said, “I am incredibly proud that Disney is embarking on this historic launch.” She continued, “In terms of what employees and Cast Members will achieve with that—all I can say is the sky’s the limit!”
Disney Aspire is for eligible U.S.-based hourly full-time and part-time Disney cast members and employees and is a 100% tuition-paid education investment program. After the initial $50 million, up to $25 million will be invested annually in this program.
The Walt Disney Company has partnered with Guild Education, an organization committed to redefining the future of work and adult education. Personalize coaching will be provided by Guild help all employees and Cast Members that inquire about the program navigate their unique circumstances, from application through completion and through every step along the way.
Learn more about this incredible program in the video below!
How incredible is it to see Walt’s dreams of opening new doors and exploring new possibilities come alive in such a meaningful way for Cast Members!
Source and Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company
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