College and Cappuccinos: Starbucks’ Gives Employees and Education

By: LaTrania Tolbert & Zach Sampley


Getting paid to go to school by your employer? It may sound too good to be true, but Starbucks has strived to help their employees soar into a better future.

When thinking about grabbing a coffee or maybe needing to get some work done, the first place that comes to mind is Starbucks. It’s a place where many students go to get some work done. So, of course it was natural for the most popular coffee company in the world to make an investment in education.

Starbucks has teamed up with Arizona State University to offer a college tuition program called the College Achievement Plan. Full-time and part-time employees can choose from 80 undergraduate degrees. Now many are wondering if the brand will expand this program to all colleges nation-wide.

Now, we asked some people would they take advantage of this and start working at Starbucks. Here’s what some of them had to say.

Kenny Higginbotham, Manager of Jacksonville Animal Shelter says, “I would totally work for Starbucks if they paid for my college because I would be able to work at a company, maybe grow at the company and then have my college paid for.”

Emma, a Barista of Starbucks says, “I would totally take advantage of it. Any opportunity I would get I would definitely take it.”

Having a chance to go to college for free may spark the interest of all ages. It’s never too late to start. And there are seven easy steps that you can do to get you well on your way. You’ll even be offered coaches and advisors and who can beat 24/7 tutoring. There’s even incentives offered for Veterans of the Armed Forces, who want their children to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement benefits.

If Starbucks teams up with more colleges around the country, Starbucks may be the place to work! With the burden of student loans, joining a partnership like this could save students significant money and help avoid dreaded student loan debt.

Emma adds, “The fact that a corporation as big as Starbucks cares so much about their employees, really shows like their dedication to helping the people who need that help. Uh, I just think it’s amazing that their giving people opportunities to do things that they really love doing. And being able to creed themselves as an investment.”