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Disneyland adds Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College to free Aspire education program

By BRADY MACDONALD for the OC Register| bmacdonald@scng.com |

California State University Fullerton and Fullerton College join Disneyland's network of schools that offer free degree and certificate programs to hourly employees through Disney’s Aspire program.
 

The $150 million Disney Aspire program that has allowed thousands of Disneyland employees to get a free college education while taking courses online now offers something new: In-person classes.
Disneyland has added California State University Fullerton and Fullerton College to its network of schools that offer free in-person education to Disneyland hourly employees through Disney’s Aspire program.
 
The Disney Aspire program covers 100 percent of tuition, fees and books at network schools for full-time and part-time hourly Disneyland cast members, Disney-speak for employees.
 
Disneyland employees have been asking for in-class education with face-to-face interaction with professors and classmates in an on-campus setting. Now they will be able to take in-person classes at Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College.

Disney Aspire covers the cost of 120 college degrees at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels and 20 certificates in learning and trade programs. Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College bring nearly 70 new degree and certificate programs to Disney Aspire.

Since the program began in 2018, thousands of Disney cast members have enrolled in Aspire network schools that include online programs at the University of Arizona and University of Central Florida. Disneyland currently has more than 13,000 employees enrolled in the program.
Earlier this year, Disney Aspire added its first Historically Black College and University (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University) and first culinary-focused school (Johnson & Wales University) to the free education program.

Other large corporations have programs similar to Disney Aspire. Papa John’s offers free tuition to Purdue University Global for 20,000 corporate employees. Starbucks provides full tuition coverage for employees pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University’s online program.

 

 

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