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Papa John’s to Hire 10K More Team Members


After hiring 20,000 employees to meet delivery demand earlier this year, Papa John’s has announced plans to hire an additional 10,000 employees in the coming months.

Pizza has been one of the comfort foods of choice during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pizza chain’s North American same stores sales were up 24% in June.  

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Investing in Employees

 As an added benefit to team members, Papa John’s is also expanding its college tuition benefit program, “Dough & Degrees,” including the addition of two new partners, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and University of Maryland Global Campus. Those schools join Purdue University Global in offering Papa John’s corporate and franchise team members, as well as their immediate family members, significantly reduced college tuition options.

“We want to make it quick and simple for team members to join Papa John’s and immediately begin earning an income. An added benefit is access to a long-term pathway toward sustained personal and professional growth,” said Marvin Boakye, Papa John’s chief people and diversity officer. “COVID-19 has changed how we live, work and learn. With this significant expansion to our first-of-its-kind college tuition program, our team members will have the opportunity to earn not only a paycheck, but also a college degree.”

Team members can choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in various fields of study across the three institutions. All coursework is done online through each school’s programs, making it a great choice for continuing education, especially when many brick-and-mortar colleges and universities are facing the challenge of holding in-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SNHU and University of Maryland Global Campus offer a variety of programs made affordable for team members, with some options costing around $2,500 per semester for franchise team members—far less than a typical college degree. Most programs utilize low or no-cost materials, and in some cases, additional scholarships may be available to further reduce tuition costs.


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