Working 9 to 5 just got a Dollywood make-over with free tuition for all staff, Know What Happened

Dollywood employees are set to receive free tuition if they want to further their education, all courtesy of the company.

Herschend Enterprises, the partner behind Dolly Parton’s Dollywood franchise, announced that they’ll cover tuition fees for employees starting this month, as part of the pilot program GROW U.

Country fans and Dollywood-goers have since praised the singer and the company, proving working under Dolly is a way to make a livin’.

We break down everything that you need to know about the scheme.

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Dollywood introduces free tuition for staff

It’s no secret that Dolly Parton is one generous woman… until it comes to her man (looking at you, Jolene).

In recent news, it’s been announced that Dollywood is set to cover tuition fees for employees who wish to further their education. The scheme is part of pilot program GROW U, allowing staff to enroll starting on their first day of work in diploma, degree and certificate programs.

The program is set to run through 30 learning partners in areas such as business administration and leadership, culinary, finance, technology, and marketing.

In talks with WATE, The president of The Dollywood Company shared: “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.

“One of The Dollywood Foundation’s key tenets is to ‘learn more.’ This program is created with that very tenet in mind. We want our hosts to develop themselves through advanced learning to fulfill the foundation’s other tenets: care more, dream more, and be more. When our hosts strive to grow themselves, it makes our business and our community a truly better place.”

Herschend Enterprises said the program will enable employees (full-time, part-time, and seasonal) at all levels to follow their personal and professional dreams.

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Fans praise Dollywood and country singer

As Dollywood announces the news of free tuition, country fans have been taking to social media to praise the company and Parton.

One fan tweeted: “Give Dolly Parton the Nobel now.”

Another wrote: “What a wonderful person Dolly Parton is.”

Somebody else tweeted: “The world would be a better place if more people of means followed Dolly’s example.”

Dollywood Foundation gives away annual donation

Dolly Parton is receiving praise for the recent Dollywood tuition announcement, but did you know that she gives away over $1 million a year in donations through her Dollywood Foundation?

According to Vanity Fair, the country singer donates to local Tennessee groups and communities, and even gave $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to fund the development of the Moderna vaccine.

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