From the Disneyland Resort:
Baker Laurel Ehrichs enjoys working closely with the bread-making equipment at Pacific Wharf Café in Disney California Adventure Park because of her interest in machinery. In fact, she often works with the Resort’s Facilities team, when they inspect the equipment to ensure it is running smoothly. So, when Laurel learned about Disney Aspire, Disney’s education investment program that launched last fall, she jumped at the opportunity to pursue a different career and develop her trade skills.
With her team’s encouragement, Laurel has nearly completed her small appliance repair certification for free at Penn Foster college through Disney Aspire, which covers 100 percent of tuition up front for hourly cast members to pursue an education. Disney is investing $150 million over five years in its education investment program for cast members.
As a working mother of five, Laurel is proud of the example she is setting for her kids and is excited to pursue a nontraditional career for women. Like Laurel, more than 1,000 Disney cast members are taking advantage of Disney Aspire to help them pursue their passions—whatever they may be.