The GEDWorks program is growing and giving more working students the opportunity to earn their GED diploma at no-cost.The program has grown to reflect a wide variety of employers spanning the US, including our two latest partners, The Cheesecake Factory and Total Wine & More.
This past June The Cheesecake Factory began offering the GEDWorks program to kitchen staff working in all of their 200 restaurants nationwide, including Rock Sugar Southeast Asian Kitchen and Grand Lux Cafe. As the eighth largest restaurant company in the US, this added benefit will help a large population of workers and has already proven promising with Cheesecake Factory celebrating its first GEDWorks graduate within a month of the program’s launch.
Total Wine & More, the country’s largest independent retailer of fine wine, will soon begin offering the GEDWorks program to its employees. The corporate-owned franchise operates 186 stores across 23 states and employs over 4,000 people.
Since the launch of the GEDWorks program in 2015 over 3,000 students have earned their GED credential with the support of their employer. To date we have 13 companies spanning the restaurant, publishing, retail and hotel industries offering the GEDWorks program with several others, including Brinker International (Chili’s and Maggiano’s) and the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Association, offering a GED diploma pathway through Pearson.
We expect additional companies to join the ranks and offer the GEDWorks program, or similar GED education benefits, as more employers make the commitment to helping their workers pursue their professional, academic and personal goals.
More information about the GEDWorks program is available here and additional details about The Cheesecake Factory and Total Wine & More launches will be made public in the near future.