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October 15, 2015
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Arby's Deploys Custom-Learning Program with Bellevue University to Grow Careers — and Business

Bellevue University announced today that the latest partner in their stable of corporate partners is Arby's Restaurant Group, the second-largest quick-service sandwich chain in the U.S. The University, with input from Arby's executive management team, developed a custom-learning program exclusively for Arby's Team Members. The program, called Arby's Business Management & Leadership, gives Team Members the knowledge and skills they need to be more confident on the job and grow in their careers.

"At Arby's, we live our line, 'Start Here. Go Anywhere.'" said Damian Hanft, director of talent management at Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. "Arby's is often the first job for people. Through this learning opportunity, we are providing the knowledge and skills people need to be their best on the job everyday, and to grow with our company."

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The courses in the custom learning program covers financial fundamentals, service operations management, merchandising and advertising, and more. Each is designed to address the identified Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that drive Arby's business. Upon completion of the program, Arby's Team Members earn a certificate of completion worth 36 college credits that then may be applied to Bellevue University's Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management & Leadership.

"Arby's Restaurant Group is a prime example of a corporation that truly understands that human capital today is a market share game," said Michael E. Echols, Senior Vice President of Bellevue University's Strategic Initiatives division. "You have to fight for the talent that's out there, and you have to invest in your own. Arby's is giving their Team Members the opportunity to opt-in to a career-enhancing program. They get to raise their hands and demonstrate that they're committed to their own career growth, and when that happens, the corporation prospers."

Arby's Restaurant Group will make the custom-learning program available to Team Members system-wide this fall. Bellevue University provides all the marketing communications collateral to stimulate interest in the program, including a custom, co-branded website where Team Members can learn more, inquire/enroll, and where testimonials/success stories will be posted.

"Bellevue University was the obvious choice for this talent strategy," added Hanft. "They proved to us that they provide learning programs that work because they are built around real business needs and for employees who want to grow. This is about measurable ROI on many levels, and we look forward to the results."


Bellevue University is a recognized national leader in providing post-secondary education opportunities for working adults. A private, non-profit institution, Bellevue University serves students at nine locations in three states, as well as worldwide through its online learning platform. Bellevue University's Strategic Initiatives Division provides learning programs to companies that immerse employees in industry and business-specific knowledge. Corporate customers include The Home Depot, SunTrust Bank, Verizon, PayPal, and more. The division has won numerous awards in this area including Excellence in Academic Partnership from Chief Learning Officer, Corporate University Best in Class First Class Job Building the Next Generation of Leaders award, the enterprise's most innovative learning initiative from ASTD BEST companies, and a TOP TEN national ranking for online bachelor's degrees from U.S. News & World Report. For more information about Bellevue University's customized programs, visit To discuss developing a partnership, call 877-824-5516.

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