Walt Disney Company has announced a new education and training program — Disney Aspire — for its U.S. part-time and full-time hourly cast members that will allow them to pursue educational options at network institutions, which will include Valencia. As part of the program, Disney will invest $50 million initially and then $25 million annually for workers to pursue education and training in any field of interest. Disney hourly employees need to enroll through the Disney Aspire program to be eligible.
To help manage this large initiative, Disney hired a third party, Guild Education, which will guide, coach and assist the hourly employees through the process of identifying their interests, applying, enrolling and following up with the student employees once they are enrolled. Guild Education enters into partnerships with universities, colleges and organizations to assist company employees to pursue education and training opportunities.
Valencia will be one of the Guild Education in-network providers to Walt Disney World’s 50,000+ hourly employees. Valencia’s entire catalog of programs will be available, including ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and skills training offerings. Walt Disney Company will officially communicate the details of the program to Walt Disney World employees on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Application and enrollment will begin later this fall for the January 2019 spring semester.
For additional program details, read this article in Fortune.