Article Title:New Starbucks perk: college tuition for staffers
“Starbucks says the tuition reimbursement program aims to help
mitigate the woes faced by nearly half of U.S. college students, who
drop out because of rising debt and conflicts with work responsibilities.”
Please look up the definition of mitigate and use this word in a
sentence using your own words.
1.What are the
perks of being a Starbucks barista?
2.In a deal
with Arizona State University, the coffee giant will provide what?
sophomores will be eligible for what?
___________________________________________________________ is for employees who
work at a company-operated store for an average of at least _______ hours a
week, which Starbucks says covers the vast majority of its ______________ U.S.
5.Once in the
program, they can choose from ______ majors.What’s the bonus after they graduate?
company and the university did not specify the cost of tuition for the Starbucks
program, the Arizona State University website says tuition for its undergraduate
online programs ranges from $_____ to $______ per credit hour. Fulltime students
must take a minimum ____ credit hours in a semester, but typically many take as
many as _____ credit hours.
spokesman called the move “_________________________________” since the company
began awarding stock to all staffers in 1992.
initiative comes as discussions about ______________________________ and
concerns about ______________________ are spreading in U.S. politics.
CEO Howard Schultz has been a participant in the debate about fair wages,
touting the company’s relatively generous benefits for employees working at
least 20 hours a week.What are
staffers participating in the program will have access to what kind of
Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:
·What do you think of Starbucks helping their
employees obtain a college degree?
·Should other companies follow?Why or why not?
A Starbucks spokesman called the move “our most significant investment”
since the company began awarding stock to all staffers in 1992.The initiative comes as discussions about fair worker pay and concerns
about mounting inequality are spreading in U.S. politics.Decades of globalization and the tremors of the 2008 financial crisis
have destroyed many well-paying blue-collar jobs in the U.S.
·Do you believe in fair worker pay and equality in the workplace?Why or why not?
·What do you believe is fair worker pay for minimum wage jobs?
·What are blue collar jobs?
Why have so many been destroyed in America?Do you think they’ll ever return?Why or why not?
In the services industry, entry-level opportunities are generally poorly
compensated and have led to fears of a permanent social rift as low-skilled
workers get stuck in those jobs.
·Do you agree or disagree with the statement above?Why or why not?
At the same time, in March Schultz said the proposal to raise Seattle’s
minimum wage to $15 an hour could lead to job losses due to the stress it will
impose on small businesses. The City Council approved the plan this month.
·Do you think the new $15/hour wage increase in Seattle was a good idea?Why or why not?How will it
affect businesses?How will it
affect local consumers?
Starbucks says the tuition reimbursement program aims to help mitigate
the woes faced by nearly half of U.S. college students, who drop out because of
rising debt and conflicts with work responsibilities.
“In the last few years, we have seen the fracturing of the American
Dream,” Schultz said in a statement. “There’s no doubt, the inequality within
the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind.
The question for all of us is, should we accept that, or should we try and do
something about it.”
“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said
Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on
education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university
education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”
·What do you think is the main problems that are “fracturing of the
American Dream?”Where do you see
inequality?Where are some Americans
being left behind?Do you think
other companies will follow in Starbucks footsteps?Why or why not?
Newspaper-related CBA activity:U.S.
How the United States government interacts with the world affects people across
the globe.Analyze and evaluate the
causes and effects of US foreign policy on people in the United States and
across the world.
Using The Seattle Times e-edition, find an article from this week that deals
with world politics or foreign policy.
What are the main points of view from someone living in that particular country?How is that “view” similar and different than your own opinion, regarding
the specific issue the article is discussing?
·Why is it important to
study and learn about foreign policy?How does it help you understand the world we live in, using current
issues and events?
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