JBS USA and Pilgrim’s Announce More Than 1,250 People Have Enrolled in Company-Funded, Tuition-Free Community College Program


Source:  JBS USA, LLC

via Globe Newswire/StreetInsider.com - Jul 21, 2021


GREELEY, Colo., July 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JBS USA and Pilgrim’s today announced that more than 1,250 team members and dependents have enrolled in community colleges across rural America as part of the company’s Better Futures free college tuition program. With a goal of becoming the largest privately-funded free two-year college initiative in rural America, the Better Futures program has received praise from school administrators and educational leaders across the country.


“The JBS USA and Pilgrim’s Better Futures program is off to an outstanding start, with 1,286 of our team members and dependents enrolling in the program in only four months,” said Andre Nogueira, chief executive officer, JBS USA. “The number of students attending college has been in decline for more than a decade, especially among minority communities and across rural America. We believe providing free access to community college can help strengthen rural economies and make a lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of people.”


Since the launch of Better Futures in March 2021, the companies have partnered with 36 colleges in 22 states to provide tuition-free education to team members and dependents, many from first-generation American families. Today, approximately 70% of the more than 1,250 Better Futures enrollees are team members.


“When we launched Better Futures, we anticipated that the vast majority of enrollees would be the dependents of our team members,” said Corey Friend, Better Futures program manager. “We have been pleasantly surprised that so many of our team members have decided to take advantage of this opportunity to upskill and prepare themselves for the workforce of the future through education. Better Futures is unlocking untapped potential across rural America and I could not be more proud of the great progress we have made in such a short amount of time.”


To be eligible for Better Futures, JBS USA and Pilgrim’s team members need only to have worked with the company for the last six months and remain in good standing with the company through completion of their education. Better Futures participants are able to pursue any courses or degree programs they wish.“One of my personal goals has been to go to college, but as a single mother that hasn’t been possible for me up to this point,” said Martha Rivas, JBS human resources coordinator in Grand Island, Neb. “I now have the opportunity to make my dream a reality, and it wouldn’t be possible without this support from JBS.”JBS USA and Pilgrim’s have established partnerships with the following schools to date:


    Athens & Elberton, Ga. - Athens Technical College

    Beardstown, Ill. - Lincoln Land Community College

    Booneville, Miss. - Northeast MS Community College

    Brooks, Alberta, Canada - Medicine Hat College

    Cactus, Texas - Amarillo College

    Canton & Ellijay, Ga. - Chattahoochee Technical College

    Carrollton, Ga. - West Georgia Technical College

    Chattanooga, Tenn. - Chattanooga State Community College

    Cold Spring, Minn. - St. Cloud Technical and Community College

    Dalhart, Texas - Frank Phillips College

    De Queen, Ark. - University of Arkansas Cossatot Community College

    Douglas, Ga. - South Georgia State College

    Gainesville, Ga. - Lanier Technical College

    Grand Island, Neb. - Central Community College

    Greeley, Colo. - Aims Community College

    Green Bay, Wis. - Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

    Hyrum, Utah - Bridgerland Technical College

    Live Oak, Fla. - North Florida College

    Louisville, Ky. - Jefferson Community and Technical College

    Lufkin & Nacogdoches, Texas - Angelina College

    Marshalltown, Iowa - Marshalltown Community College

    Marshville, N.C. - South Piedmont Community College

    Mayfield, Ky. - West Kentucky Community and Technical College

    Moberly & Centralia, Mo. - Moberly Area Community College

    Moorefield, W.Va. - Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College

    Mt. Pleasant, Texas - Northeast Texas Community College & Texarkana College

    Omaha, Neb. - Metropolitan Community College

    Ottumwa & Fremont, Iowa - Indian Hills Community College

    Plainwell, Mich. - Kalamazoo Valley Community College

    Riverside, Calif. - Riverside Community College District

    Sanford, N.C. - Central Carolina Community College

    Souderton, Pa. - Montgomery County Community College

    Sumter, S.C. - Central Carolina Technical College

    Tolleson, Ariz. - Maricopa Community Colleges

    Worthington & Pipestone, Minn. - Minnesota West Community & Technical College

    Online - Rio Salado College


The Better Futures program is part of the companies’ Hometown Strong initiative announced last year. Funding for Better Futures is in addition to the $70 million investment for Hometown Strong and will allow the companies to continue to advance the commitment to their team members and their hometowns across the country.


About JBS USAJBS USA is a leading global food company providing diversified, high-quality food products to customers in approximately 100 countries on six continents. This includes meat and poultry products, a portfolio of recognized brands and innovative premium foods. For more information, please visit www.jbsfoodsgroup.com.


About Pilgrim’sAs a global food company with more than 56,000 team members, Pilgrim’s processes, prepares, packages and delivers fresh, frozen and value-added food products for customers in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.pilgrims.com.


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