Dunkin’ Donuts employees offered paid college education

Mar 26, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Assistant Manager Samantha Buchanan and owner David Walck pose at the Thomaston Dunkin' Donuts location. Buchanan is one of two employees there who will be applying for the initial SNHU education program being sponsored by The Wolak Group.

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise network The Wolak Group, which operates more than 85 Dunkin’ Donuts stores in Maine, New Hampshire and New York, announced a program with nonprofit College for America at Southern New Hampshire University that will offer 25 employees the opportunity to receive a fully-paid online college education and earn an accredited associate degree.

This includes employees at the Thomaston location, according to franchise owner Dave Walck.

If successful, this program offering may expand to all eligible employees in The Wolak Group network. The employee must first apply and be accepted by SNHU just as any other high school graduate would apply to college. They must have the grades and background to be accepted just as any college applicant, Walck said.

“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,” said Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee and Founder of The Wolak Group, Ed Wolak. “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.”

College for America at SNHU is a nonprofit school that offers working adults the opportunity to earn an 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, the select Wolak Group employees will pursue a college degree through an online learning model.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Carolyn K. May | Mar 26, 2014 20:12

What an affirmation and encouragement for success being offered to Dunkin Donut employees. Hopefully this will be a model for other businesses. Our future lies in an educated society.


Posted by: Barbara Dyer | Mar 26, 2014 19:21

What a wonderful opportunity for the Dunkin Donuts employees. Maybe the Wolak Group has started something very nice that other places might consider.  Thanks, Dave.

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