Learn Más: A Taco Bell employee’s layers of learning


Tia Travis has found the perfect balance between working full time as a restaurant general manager at Taco Bell, being a devoted mother to her son, spending quality time with her boyfriend, and expanding her business expertise through the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

Tia is currently enrolled in Excelsior’s Bachelor of Professional Studies in Business and Management program. Learn Más Graduate College, the partnership linking Taco Bell employees with Excelsior College degree programs, affords its employees to earn their degree at a 50 percent discounted tuition rate. But wait, there are more layers rolled up in this burrito of opportunity. Taco Bell’s learning management system called “Learning Zone” allows employees to acquire up to 44 credits worth of training to be applied to their degree program. Being able to transfer over credits for what you’re already learning on the job? That’s the extra cheese to Tia’s nachos.

The 21-year-old of Louisiana tells Excelsior Life how her opportunity for advancement allows her to learn más (learn more) and enjoy all aspects of her life.

Being a parent, a full time general manager for Taco Bell, and an online college student, is surprisingly easier than I had expected. With the biggest help and support from my company, my son’s amazing grandparents, and my wonderful boyfriend, I have been balancing the three just fine.

I heard about Excelsior through my job. Taco Bell’s chief operating officer, Mike Grams, presented me with a $10,000 scholarship to help fund my education. After hearing so many wonderful things about the school, I applied and got accepted. My experience with Excelsior so far has been incredible! My instructors keep me updated and do their best to support me and answer any questions I have. I love how the trimesters are set up. I don’t get overwhelmed because I only take 1-2 classes every semester. I love that Excelsior College has accepted about 30 credits from my management Learning Zone courses that I completed while training for my role at Taco Bell. That was a huge help toward my completing my business management degree. I chose to major in business management because I want to grow as much as I can with my company with no excuses and no limitations. I also enjoy gaining skills that help me become a better leader. I only have 2.5 years left to finish my degree and as soon as I get my degree I’ll be the happiest woman alive. I’m not saying that every day is going to be easy, but in the end, it’ll all be worth it.

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