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Chipotle Expands Guild Partnership with Bellevue University

Through its partnership with Guild Education, Bellevue University has been selected as one of five educational institutions that will partner with Chipotle Mexican Grill on its Chipotle Cultivate Education benefits program. Chipotle will invest $60 million over the next five years to pay tuition costs for all eligible employees, including crew members, to pursue college degrees.

Chipotle is covering 100% of tuition costs up front for business and technology degrees through their partnership with Guild Education. Chipotle is adding debt-free degrees to its education benefits program to give employees the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the evolving 21st century job market. After 120 days of employment, eligibility is met for employees to pursue degrees from leading nonprofit, accredited universities. In addition to Bellevue University, students will have the option to attend The University of Arizona, Brandman University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Wilmington University.

“Chipotle recognizes that financial barriers can be one of the biggest obstacles that impede our crew from achieving their fullest potential,” said Marissa Andrada, Chief People Officer at Chipotle. “We are proud to launch debt-free degrees to help our employees excel in all areas in their lives, both in and out of Chipotle.”

Brice Widger, a Chipotle crew member in New York City stated, “I had two majors with a number of credits and was debating whether or not to go back and pursue my degree. The accelerated program with Bellevue University combined with Chipotle’s tuition assistance made the decision easy. It is convenient as I am able to take classes in the evening, which I really appreciate.”

Bellevue University is also part of Guild’s academic network serving Walmart and The Walt Disney Company.