August 2016, Part III

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August 2016, Part III

NATIONAL ROUNDUP

NRAEF Study Highlights Advantages Of First Jobs In Restaurant Sector. This week, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) unveiled new data from a skills study detailing the opinions of nearly 5,000 Americans who currently work or formerly worked in the industry. The NRAEF’s research shows that first jobs in restaurants help employees gain critical skills and attributes necessary for successful careers in the restaurant sector and beyond. Monster’s Shannon Sweeny echoes this sentiment in Check Please: Transferable Skills From the Restaurant Industry as she reflects on her own service sector experience to demonstrate how restaurants empower their employees with valuable skills to succeed in an office environment.

Bealls Employee Earns NRF Scholarship To Further Retail Career. Earlier this month, the National Retail Federation Foundation awarded Bealls employee Amber Grace a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Phoenix. The scholarship provides Amber with the chance to earn a master’s degree that can further her nine-year career in retail and build upon her bachelor of science in fashion merchandising and business administration. In Bealls employee Amber Grace wins full scholarship to University of Phoenix, The Bradenton Herald reported on her reaction to the surprise announcement given by Bealls’ CEO: “It means everything. It means being able to continue my education and not having to go into debt.”

College Credit With A Side Of Guacamole. Chipotle Mexican Grill recently announced a new partnership with Guild Education to give employees opportunities to earn college credits, learn English as a second language at little to no cost, and pursue degrees in higher education. Monty Moran, co-CEO at Chipotle, said: “We’ve seen a lot of success and participation with our existing tuition reimbursement program, and through this new partnership with Guild Education, we can offer our employees even more assistance and opportunities to pursue their education.” Read more from Path Forward about education programs offered by the service industry here.

Restaurant Community Comes Together To Support Flood Victims. After the severe flooding that recently took place in Louisiana, Business Report highlighted local restaurants that came together to raise money for those most affected. “Brunching for Greater Baton Rouge” was a compilation of more than a dozen restaurants that donated at least 15% of their brunch proceeds on August 28 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Louisiana Flood Relief Fund. “The Fundraiser Under The Overpass,” hosted by Perkins Road overpass area restaurants, raised $45,000 for flood victims and collected material donations. Several other fundraisers are still being organized by local businesses in order to rebuild the communities that they love and call home.

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