Corporations are horrible…they’re only in it for the money. It’s the classic phrase you’ll hear from Liberals. They make every effort to discredit anyone who makes money and, shockingly, wants to keep it. Today, those same Liberals are probably baffled by Starbucks’ newly found partnership with Arizona State University.
Starbucks will provide (and pay for) their employees – all 135,000 of them – to attend ASU’s online undergraduate university. The only requirement? Their employees have to have the GPA and test scores to be accepted into the university and work a minimum of 20 hours a week. Employees that have at least two years of college credit will receive 100% of their tuition paid for. Those that don’t quite have the two years will still receive part of their tuition covered.
When I read about this partnership this morning, I was thrilled. No scratch that. I was ecstatic for these young people. If anyone were willing to pay for even a portion of my college education in school, I would have jumped at the chance. Instead, I did what most college kids these days have to do – work multiple jobs, take out a crippling amount of student loans and pray that I find a job after college (which still has yet to happen.)
Not only do these Baristas get their college paid for, but they’re also attending a great college. ASU is a world-renounced school, one of the best in the nation (and my alma maters biggest rival). Their alumni have connections in a number of industries throughout the world and a proven track record of success.
What makes this opportunity so great? Baristas, those who are already working, many of whom are college students, can continue their schooling but they’re able to keep more of their money in their pocket. They don’t have to worry about how they’re going to pay for college. All they have to do is make the grades and continue making awesome coffee!
Bravo, Starbucks! You have made me happy! Not only are you making a bold move by investing in the next generation, you’re also proving that the people who run a corporation aren’t completely heartless.
Now I shall rejoice with a Frappuccino!