Published On: Wednesday, 06 December 2017

North Island College & McDonald’s Create Business Degree Pathway

North Island College & McDonald’s Create Business Degree Pathway
Better Together: a new program at North Island College gives business degree credit for McDonalds management training.

COURTENAY - North Island College and McDonalds Canada are celebrating a first of its kind agreement on Vancouver Island, creating new ways for McDonald’s restaurant managers to access a business degree.

Students can now receive up to 20 per cent of their NIC Bachelor of Business Degree credits when they complete their McDonald’s Management Training courses.

Bill Parkinson, NIC’s former Business Department Chair and current Associate Dean, Arts, Science and Technology said the new program benefits many students by allowing them credit for work experience.

The College conducted a comprehensive review of the McDonald’s management training modules and found the courses met the same learning outcomes as many NIC business courses. By giving credit for this on-the-job training, the partnership creates greater access for students who may not have thought a degree was possible.

With the agreement now in place, prospective students who have completed management training courses at McDonald’s and met NIC’s admission requirements will be offered a seat in NIC’s Bachelor of Business Administration, General Management Major.

If a McDonald’s employee completes all of their management training modules, they will earn 24 NIC credits, the equivalent of eight business courses. This means a savings of more than $2,300 in tuition.

The new pathway was officially unveiled November 30. Appropriately, the launch was held at the Crown Isle McDonald’s in Courtenay, BC. NIC is now accepting applications into its business degree from managers who have completed courses in the McDonald’s Management Development program.