McDonald's looks to hire 600 workers in South Dakota

(KSFY) - McDonald's is softening restrictions on its education program in an effort to hire more students as part-time workers in South Dakota.

On Tuesday, the company announced it plans to hire around 600 employees in South Dakota during the peak summer months - and many of those will be students.

Recently, McDonald's announced it is allocating $150 million to its Archways for Opportunities education program. This included lowering eligibility requirements from nine months to 90 days of employment and dropping weekly shift minimums from 20 hours to 15 hours, making new summer restaurant employees eligible by the end of the season. The program provides tuition assistance and other benefits for employees who are also seeking an education.

According to the company, more than half of the hires at McDonald's restaurants are projected to be between the ages of 16 to 24 years old, and for many, it is their first job.

You learn more about the Archways to Opportunities program and applying for jobs at McDonald's here.