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RR McDonald’s seek out seniors as employees

This 2017 file photo shows volunteers serving traditional Thanksgiving meals to a long line of people during the annual St Felix Pantry’s Thanksgiving dinner at McDonald’s in Rio Rancho. Clemy Garza, co-owner of many local McDonald’s, said annual fundraisers are just good business. The stores are having three days of hiring fairs started today.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Garza-owned McDonald’s, in cooperation with New Mexico Workforce Connection and American Association of Retired Persons, is hosting a hiring

fairs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday targeting adults and especially senior citizens.

“Some of our best employees are older adults and seniors who serve as mentors to our younger staff, have great social skills, a strong work ethic, and get to take advantage of … education assistance program for themselves and their families while improving their quality of life,” Garza McDonald’s owner/operator, Clemy Garza said in a statement.

The Archways to Opportunity program allows an employee who has worked at least 90 days to be eligible to receive up to $2,500 per year in tuition for any accredited educational program. They can include seeking a high school diploma, a college degree, or learning English as a second language. Immediate family are eligible for Archways benefits too.

Garza-owned McDonald’s perks include holiday incentives, complimentary food, retailer discounts, and free quarterly movies for employees and their families, bonuses, and a wide variety of hourly pay, the company said in a news release.

Thirteen Garza-owned McDonald’s restaurants have hired 63 seniors since September 2018, 50 years old and up, the company said.

Hiring fairs, 9 .am.-3 p.m., are as follows:

Today – McMahon and Unser (5700 McMahon Blvd NW)

Wednesday – Bernalillo on NM-550 (248 E. Hwy 44 Bernalillo)

Thursday – Pat D’Arco Hwy and Southern (1390 Rio Rancho Blvd., Rio Rancho)