The Walt Disney Company has just announced that Disney cast members can access free school at the University of Arizona! According to the Orlando Sentinal Disney will pay all tuition, fees and book expenses upfront for full-time or part-time hourly employees if they are with a new program called Disney Aspire!
The Disney Aspire program has expanded to more schools including the recent University of Arizona, which offers 14 online-only bachelor’s degrees, including public health, business administration and operations networks. According to the press release, Arizona Online will offer Disney cast members “the same high-quality education in flexible and innovative ways”. Therefore offering cast members free school at the University of Arizona!
It should be noted that some of the Disney Aspire schools have competitive admissions requirements compared while others allow those who have completed high school to enrol. Schools linked to Disney Aspire in the state are the University of Central Florida, Valencia College and the University of Florida. Many of the options will help cast members learn a trade or achieve their high school diploma. Jayne Parker, Disney’s Chief HR Officer said that the program will “help employees create the futures they imagine for themselves” and by adding the University of Arizona to Disney Aspire, will allow the company to support “more than 90,000 eligible employees’ and cast members’ education and career goals!”.
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