Apparently this is what the Bush Administration meant by "a service economy" and "no child left behind (at the drive-thru)".
Burger Chain Offers "McDiplomas"
By JANE WARDELL, Associated Press Writer
(01-28) 14:24 PST LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) --
New on the McDonald's menu: a takeaway diploma.
The government is giving the U.S. burger chain — along with a rail company and an airline — the right to award credits toward a high school diploma to employees who complete on-the-job training programs.
The plan, announced Monday, is part of a push to improve skills among young people and offer even workers who dropped out of school years ago a chance to gain official qualifications.
It's the first time commercial companies have been allowed to award nationally recognized academic credits for their own workplace training plans. Experts and business leaders had a mixed reaction to the plan, already being dubbed "McQualifications."
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