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Today, the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) and McDonald’s Canada announced a partnership creating new pathways for all levels of McDonald’s restaurant managers to pursue university credentials.

Prospective students who have completed management training courses at McDonald’s, and who meet UFV’s admission requirements, can receive credit toward one of four options at UFV: a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree, a  Hospitality and Event Planning certificate, a Management Skills certificate, or a General Studies diploma.

“McDonald’s management training provides relevant knowledge and experience that aligns with the learning outcomes in  these four UFV credentials. UFV is excited to partner with McDonald’s Canada in offering a variety of pathways to students’ goals,” said Liana Thompson, Director, Continuing Education at UFV. “These programs are very flexible and attractive to students because they integrate career experience, professional training, and academic study.”

“This is an incredibly important partnership and well-deserved recognition for people in management,” said Sid Johnson, local McDonald’s franchisee. “We take great pride in the rigour of our training programs and the skills our people are able to hone at McDonald’s. I’m so pleased that we can simultaneously offer exciting new opportunities for growth and education through amazing institutions like UFV.”

The agreement will allow McDonald’s restaurant managers who work at either corporately owned or franchised restaurants with approved course credits to achieve their chosen credentials while still working. The partnership program will help these students integrate their work and academic pursuits seamlessly and reduce the time and resources required to attain their education.

The advanced placement is available to any McDonald’s restaurant manager across Canada, thanks to online and open learning capabilities.

“McDonald’s has maintained its reputation as a great place to work and to kick-start your career. This partnership with UFV enables us to continue our efforts to prioritize the academic and professional growth of our staff and provides a meaningful head start towards an invaluable degree,” said Stephanie Hardman, Chief People Officer, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited.

The new pathway partnership aligns with McDonald’s Canada’s organizational culture and values, which focuses on supporting educational opportunities for its staff. To learn more, visit

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