Disney recently laid off a massive amount of Cast Members. Some of those Cast Members didn’t just lose their job, they also lost their education.
Disney Aspire was one of the most generous employer education programs in the country. Disney vowed to invest $150 million over five years to help lift workers out of poverty by fully funding their education. Disney announced last month that it was ending Aspire for at least some of the 28,000 workers being laid off.
About 20,000 part-time and full-time company employees signed up for Aspire. Disney has not announced how many employees will be losing their education. The Cast Members that will be let go in December and have already enrolled in college degrees can finish this semester.
Laid-off employees learning a trade, English, or getting their GEDs through Disney Aspire will be allowed to complete their program. At Valencia College alone, 511 Disney Aspire students are studying English as a second language, according to the school.
“While the pandemic has challenged our business and our workforce in immeasurable ways, the Disney Aspire initiative remains important to us,” Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said in a statement. “Disney Aspire will continue to be available to our eligible employees, including those who are on furlough.”
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Source: Orlando Sentinel
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