SPRINGDALE, ARK.- Tyson Foods Inc. announced on April 25 that it will pay for education for its workers who want to obtain master’s, undergraduate and associate degrees, career certificates and literacy and technology fundamentals starting in summer 2022. 

Tyson said its four-year educational program includes a $60 million investment that will cover 100% of tuition, books and fees for people. The meat company partnered with social impact company Guild to expand its existing Upward Academy program. It included access to more than 175 programs from more than 35 universities and learning providers. 

“This commitment to our team members reinforces our belief that they are the lifeblood of our current and future success,” said John R. Tyson, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer at Tyson Foods. “Providing equity and opportunity to every single member of our team is part of our goal to make Tyson the most sought-after place to work.” “Providing education benefits will continue to lay a foundation for personal and career growth for our team members.”

Upward Academy provides on-site adult education programs such as ESL, GED, citizenship, and financial and digital literacy classes to frontline employees. The program is currently offered at 46 Tyson locations. Online curriculum will now let workers at all US locations access nearly 200 learning programs provided by dozens of institutions of higher learning.

“We are thrilled to partner with Tyson to further empower their team members to pursue career pathways that will help them open the doors to their dreams,” said Rachel Romer Carlson, chief executive officer of Guild. 

“Tyson’s free education and upskilling program is enhancing its commitment to creating a top work environment and a workplace of growth,” she said.

More information regarding the programs can be found here