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PepsiCo offers debt-free degrees

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PepsiCo has announced the launch of a new program to offer free education and upskilling offerings to its employees. 

Called "myeducation", it'll be a debt-free education offering, which will enable more than 100,000 frontline and professional U.S.-based associates to upskill and take their career in a new direction.

Through myeducation, employees will have access to more than 100 flexible programs from highly reputable schools and universities. PepsiCo will cover 100% of tuition costs, books, and fees for a wide variety of education programs within the debt-free catalog, in addition to its established tuition reimbursement program.

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myeducation was designed through a partnership with Guild Education, the nation’s leading education and upskilling platform.

“As the workforce changes, PepsiCo is committed to making sure our associates grow with it, not just for the benefit of our organization, but also to build and support the communities in which we operate,” said Ronald Schellekens, chief human resources officer at PepsiCo.

“By investing in targeted upskilling programs for in-demand roles and providing access to opportunities for higher learning, we can help ensure a future ready workforce.”

Education paths offered to employees include: 

:: Foundational learning opportunities, such as high school completion, college prep courses, and English language learning classes
:: Undergraduate degrees in high-growth areas like business, operations and supply chain, data analytics, and technology
:: Trade upskilling programs to gain new skills, such as obtaining a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for in-demand roles
:: Bootcamps and certificates in business-aligned areas that can be completed with a smaller time investment

“myeducation embodies PepsiCo’s commitment to its employees, offering flexible education options that will make a significant impact in individual career paths,” said Kirk Tanner, Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Beverages North America.

“The program gives our frontline team members a competitive advantage to transform their careers and livelihoods, while helping PepsiCo strengthen the communities we serve.”   

Guild Education is a social impact company that empowers American workers to unlock life-changing opportunities for personal and professional advancement through education, skill-building, and coaching.

To find out more about how PepsiCo is giving back, visit its website at

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