Chipotle Cultivate Education program expands with free Agriculture, Culinary, Hospitality degrees

Partnership with JWU, Guild Education leads to premium culinary degree option

Chipotle Mexican Grill will offer debt-free degrees in Agriculture, Culinary, and Hospitality as part of its benefits to employees, expanding Chipotle Cultivate Education. Together with Guild Education, an upskilling and education company, the Mexican-style, fast-casual chain will extend the personal development benefit to employees after only 120 days of employment.

Chipotle noted that there are more than six times the number of farmers aged 65 and older than 34 and younger, according to American Farmland Trust, showing a true need to help develop the next generation of farmers and food leaders.

Starting April 13, team members can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences or Rangeland Sciences online from Oregon State University, one of the top ranked US colleges for agriculture.

Chipotle Cultivate Education adds to partner universities

Eligible associates of the Newport Beach, Calif.-based restaurant chain can choose from nearly 100 free-degree programs from these leading nonprofit, accredited universities:

  • The University of Arizona,
  • Bellevue University,
  • Brandman University,
  • Paul Quinn College,
  • Southern New Hampshire University,
  • Wilmington University,
  • University of Denver,
  • Johnson & Wales University (upcoming),
  • and Oregon State University (starting April 13)

The debt-free degree program is an essential part of Chipotle’s Cultivate Education program, which includes an Existing Tuition Reimbursement: Eligible employees can be reimbursed for tuition up to $5,250 per year in qualifying programs.

A total of 85% of those enrolled in the Cultivate Education program are crew members, and they are 7.5 times more likely to move into management positions.

Chipotle highlights Culinary, Supply Chain educational programs

The fast casual becomes the first of Guild’s employer partners to offer debt-free culinary education through Johnson & Wales University (JWU), a renowned culinary educational institution. The program with JWU is slated to start later this year. Food Industry Compliance Management Bachelor of Science degree will be created, and both associate and bachelor’s degrees will be offered online. Students can take advantage of an associate degree in Culinary Arts with a hands-on component.


Chipotle will also expand on its Supply Chain educational program that currently offers degrees from Bellevue University, Brandman University, and Southern New Hampshire University. New options from Oregon State University and the University of Denver will be activated.

“Through our partnership with Guild, we are committed to accelerating our employees’ professional growth and helping them achieve personal success by offering opportunities to pursue career paths in their particular area of interest,” said Marissa Andrada, chief diversity, inclusion and people officer for Chipotle.

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