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FALMOUTH, Maine – Dunkin' Donuts franchisee The Wolak Group has announced that it will offer 25 full-tuition scholarships to its employees for a two-year associate degree at College for America at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). The Wolak Group operates over 85 Dunkin' Donuts stores in Maine, New Hampshire and New York.
"The success of our Dunkin' Donuts restaurants is a direct result of the dedication of our employees; that's why we are investing in them through this program," says Ed Wolak, Dunkin' Donuts franchisee and founder of The Wolak Group. "Our plan is to pilot this opportunity initially with 25 existing employees to insure that we work out the kinks prior to opening it up to our entire staff."
"We are thrilled to offer this benefit to our employees and believe that it will help us hire and retain good people. I am hopeful that if this program proves to be beneficial for our employees and our business, we can expand it to all 1,600 employees in The Wolak Group network, and that other Dunkin' Donuts franchisees will consider offering a similar benefit to their employees, either in conjunction with SNHU or another university catering to the needs of working adults."
Wolak has been working with Southern New Hampshire University, where he is a trustee, to roll out the opportunity of a college education to all 1,600 of his full- and part-time employees. "A FREE college degree! I believe this offering to our employees sets us apart from others in the fast food industry," says franchise owner Wolak. "By applying to us, new applicants can use my Dunkin' Donut network as a stepping stone to improve their lives."
College for America at SNHU is a nonprofit school that offers working adults the opportunity to earn a fully accredited associate of the arts degree in general studies with a concentration in business, through a competency-based curriculum built around applicable student projects and real-world job skills. Through this program, beginning in spring 2014, Wolak Group employees will pursue a college degree through an online learning model.
"We are proud to partner with The Wolak Group to offer a fully funded college education to local Dunkin' Donuts franchisee employees," said Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University. "We look forward to working together to bring this program to life and to continuing our commitment of offering a college degree program designed for working adults."