Starbucks employees aren't exactly known for their spelling skills, but that could change thanks to the company's new college-education program. The chain will essentially offer scholarships to notorious party school Arizona State University to 135,000 employees who work at least 20 hours a week.
Starbucks already had a college-reimbursement plan in place, but this new one is a significantly better deal. While the old set-up gave employees up to $1,000 a year at certain schools, the Arizona State program will contribute an average of $6,500 to the estimated $20,000 total tuition for an online degree. That still leaves $13,500 on the workers, but they would likely qualify for Pell Grants, according to The AP.
The number of baristas that will enroll remains to be seen. But regardless, it's a pretty great opportunity for employees to earn both a degree and valuable beer pong skills.
Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist. Her college degree is currently hanging in her parents' dining room, and she's not really sure why. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.