In January, The Walt Disney Company announced a $50 million higher education program for its hourly employees. Today, the company launched that new initiative under the name Disney Aspire.
This new ground-breaking education program will impact more than 80,000 hourly Cast Members across the U.S., opening doors for them that never would have been opened before. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger spoke to the importance of this new program back when it was first announced.
“I have always believed that education is the key to opportunity,” Iger said. “It opens doors and creates new possibilities.”
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The Walt Disney Company will cover 100 percent of tuition upfront for employees and reimburse application fees and required books and materials with this new program. Jayne Parker, senior executive vice president & chief HR officer for The Walt Disney Company, hopes Disney Aspire will help hourly employees reach for their dreams.
“At The Walt Disney Company, we strive to empower and support employees in their professional and personal lives,” Parker said. “We are constantly looking at ways to help people realize their ambitions and fulfill their dreams. This program is the latest in that effort.”
Disney Aspire will allow Cast Members flexibility with their studies, regardless of whether or not the program and classes they choose are related to their duties with The Walt Disney Company. The program will also offer a network of schools with various programs, including college and master’s degrees, high school equivalency, English-language learning, vocational training, and more.
“I know Disney Aspire will enable employees to reach their educational goals and pursue career aspirations—including movement into new roles at Disney, as well as careers outside of the Company,” Parker said. “In terms of what employees and Cast Members will achieve with that—all I can say is the sky’s the limit!”
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