Midland McDonald’s, Walmart wager on studentsMidland McDonald’s, Walmart wager on studentshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=31592014-09-08T11:38:00Z2014-09-08T00:00:00Z

MIDLAND - An incentive program used by a local McDonald’s franchise owned and operated by Jesse Carillo, has begun its third year paying incentives to its high school-aged employees for good grades in school.

Eligible employees working a minimum of 20 hours a week will receive $40 for every A grade, $25 for every B and $10 for every C. Additionally, as recently as three years ago, the local McDonald’s offered $1,000 signing bonuses for new employees.

The incentives at McDonald’s will affect at least 250 employees, and more than $48,000 was given out in 2013 for the program. Because the money comes from Carillo, the payments do not affect the franchise’s finances.

“This is a program that we look to keep indefinitely,” said franchise CEO Richard Rodriguez. “This is what we’re giving back to the community.”

In addition to the McDonald’s incentives, a Midland Walmart is currently advertising a starting pay of $14 an hour for new hires.

Midland reported a 2.9 percent unemployment rate in July 2014, the fourth lowest in the nation. And since November 2013, the rate has been 3 percent or lower.

Midland Reporter-Telegram
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