Tyson Foods' Upward Academy celebrates five years


Albany Herald (GA)

Jun 2, 2021


SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Tyson Foods Inc. is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its on-site education program, Upward Academy. The innovative program provides educational opportunities to frontline team members at no cost to help build a strong work force and strong communities.


Since the launch of the first program pilot at the Randall Road facility in Springdale, Ark., in February 2016, Upward Academy has transformed into a nationally scaled program. With the help of partners and students, Upward Academy has extended its presence to serve hundreds of team members in 60 communities across the country.


“Upward Academy was established to provide educational opportunities for team members to transform their lives and their communities,” Donna Davis, who leads the Upward Academy program at Tyson Foods, said in a news release. “The commitment by our leadership to expand the program across our company is another example of how we invest in our team members, our most valuable asset.”


Tyson Foods plants are predominantly located in rural areas with limited labor pools, which means it relies on developing and promoting talent internally...