A McDonald’s restaurant. Courtesy of the company

McDonald’s and its independent franchisees across San Diego County announced plans to hire 600 workers to better serve customers during the typically busy summer season.

The restaurant chain said that through a summer job, high school students will not only learn transferable skills such as teamwork, customer service and responsibility, but also get an opportunity to further their education.

After 90 days at 15 hours a week, a restaurant employee is eligible to earn a high school diploma, receive $2,500 in upfront college tuition assistance, access free education and career advising services, and learn English as a second language.

“By offering restaurant employees the option to further their education paired with skills they learn on the job, we’re supporting their full potential to succeed whether that’s at McDonald’s or beyond,” said Jamie Straza, a local franchisee and vice president of McDonald’s Owners Association of Southern California.

Job seekers can visit McDonalds.com/careers to learn more and apply for a summer job at one of the over 70 locations in San Diego County.

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