Jollibee Foundation celebrates the graduation of Project ACE scholars
Obtaining a college degree is a dream that is realized only by a few. Data from the Department of Education shows that for every 100 students who enrol in Grade 1, only 14 will eventually graduate with a college degree. Among those who graduate, getting the right employment is still another hurdle. This is why Jollibee Foundation conceived of Project ACE (Improving Access, Curriculum, and Employability in Hotel and Restaurant Management Education), which combines scholarship support and in-store training in JFC stores for financially disadvantaged high school graduates.
Last May 30, the dream of a college degree became a reality for the first batch of Project ACE scholars. Jollibee Foundation held a simple graduation celebration for the thirty-nine (39) scholars and the program partners who helped them reach their goal. Present at the celebration were the Human Resources (HR) team of different SBUs, the JFC training stores, as well as the partner academic institutions who guided the scholars through college.
Jollibee Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong delivered the keynote speech, encouraging the scholars to strive even higher after graduation. She said, “No matter what kind of work you have landed on, it is what you have for that given time and space. Always give your very best with a heart of gratitude because there are many others who can’t find a job and would do anything to be in your place… I strongly believe that if we live with a heart of gratitude, everything just follows.”
For the first two years of their college life, the scholars underwent intensive practicum at Jollibee stores, where they learned discipline and adherence to standards and corporate values that could lead to excellent performance.From third to fourth year, the scholars gained new knowledge and a broader exposure to the food service industry as they went through in-store training at either Chowking, Greenwich or Red Ribbon stores.
The hard work and training has paid off. Armed with a college degree, the ACE scholars are now ready to join the workforce and become active members of society. In fact, twenty-one (21) ACE scholars have been hired as Management Trainees by various JFC brands.