Herschend starts tuition program for Dollywood and other parks

Posted Friday, February 11, 2022 10:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Dollywood amusement park has announced that it will cover education costs for all of its employees. The "GROW U" program, which is set to begin on February 24, will cover the full cost of tuition, fees and books for employees that choose to further their education. The program will be available for all of Dollywood's full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, which the park calls "hosts," beginning on their first day of employment. Operator Herschend will extend the program to all of its properties.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 7:22 AM

I’ve seen several articles on FB about this and I broke my ankle running for the comments. Sure enough, the praise for Ms. Parton is high. “She’s wonderful” “She’s always been so generous” and my favorite “I was there last year and an older employee told me she was going to do this.”
All of that is true, but AITA for explaining to these people that while she’s awesome in many ways the money for this is not coming directly out of Dolly’s rhinestone purse?

Last edited by RCMAC, Saturday, February 12, 2022 7:39 AM
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Saturday, February 12, 2022 12:12 PM
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It's great for publicity, but if it's anything like Walmart's "free tuition" program, it's not going to be as good as it sounds.


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Saturday, February 12, 2022 2:26 PM

I read up on it some yesterday after seeing some speculation that it's a program that steers people toward online diploma mills. It sounds like you do have to go through a management company with partner programs, but there are legitimate, well-know public and private schools available.


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Saturday, February 12, 2022 6:33 PM

It’s not that unusual.
I retired from a major corporation and from the day I started, and long before, they had a tuition program in place. The field of study could be industry related or not, it didn’t matter- if I wanted to go to Ringling’s clown college I was covered. (I looked into it, but it sounded like a life full of tears. In the berth of a train. With circus people. So no.)

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