I wonder if McDonald's University

Is still in operation?  Does anyone know?  Anyway, Frank Abderholden, writing in The Chicago Sun-Times, describes another corporate college.  I remember when these were viewed as a growing threat to continuing education.  Nowadays, there other threats...

Walgreens U area’s latest collegiate addition
Walgreens University is not solely a building, but a national program with national access and offerings for team members at every level of the company,” said Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, chief human resources officer. “We hope every one of our 240,000 team members will find ways to grow their careers and improve themselves through the educational opportunities that Walgreens University will expand or introduce.” 
Plans are to double the number of learning opportunities for employees through expanded online classes, regional training sessions and in the Deerfield campus classrooms. More than 100 courses will be available through one of the few corporate training programs to offer college credit for certain classes, including pharmacy technician training, and management and retail fundamentals. 
Companies in the United States increased spending on training and development 12 percent last year, the highest growth rate in eight years, according to California-based Bersin by Deloitte, a human resources consulting firm. 
“We aim to be the best in our industry for employee education and training, and among the best of all major American corporations,” said Wilson-Thompson. “...Our team members need to continuously grow new skills and capabilities throughout their careers with us.” 
Education providers to Walgreens University include Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, offering a customized MBA program; University of Maryland University College; Webster University; the University of Phoenix; and DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management. 
Tuition discounts of 10 to 25 percent will be available to many Walgreens employees, with some discounts offered to spouses and dependents. Employees also will have access to non-credit management courses offered online from Harvard Business Publishing, a subsidiary of Harvard University. 
“There are small collaboration spaces for students with technology,” said Sal Venegas, director of learning and development as he led a tour of the new facility. “Then they can take a picture with their phones [to reference it later].”

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Jennifer Cook said…
Even if your company doesn't have an internal education system like McDonalds does, you can look to see whether they offer tuition reimbursement for adult education classes or local college courses. It's definitely a benefit any employee should take advantage of if they want to get ahead.

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