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April 13, 2023
This week, Dollywood announced it will soon begin offering full college tuition to employees of the Dolly Parton-owned theme park if they choose to pursue higher education.
The “GROW U” Program created by Dollywood gives employees of the park the full cost of tuition, books and other fees associated if they should choose to seek a college education.
In a statement this week, Dollywood Company President Eugene Naughton said, “Our goal at Dollywood Parks and Resorts is to provide the best possible experience for both our guests and our hosts. We know when our hosts are happy and feel cared for that they are going to pass that along to our guests. The creation of the program allows another avenue for us to care for our hosts.”
“We want our hosts to develop themselves through advanced learning to fulfill the foundation’s other tenets: care more, dream more, and be more,” continued the statement.
“When our hosts strive to grow themselves, it makes our business and our community a truly better place. We care about our hosts’ development and we want their future to grow because of love—not loans.”
The program, funded by Herschend Enterprises, which owns Dollywood, is set to begin on February 24. It joins a growing list of employee perks at Dollywood, including free meals during shifts, apprenticeship programs, and access to Dollywood Family Healthcare Center.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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