On Jan. 2, Guest Relations cast member J’Amy Pacheco was featured in The Wall Street Journal for participating in the groundbreaking Disney Aspire program, which covers 100 percent of tuition up front for hourly cast members to pursue an education. Disney is investing $150 million over five years in the education investment program.
J’Amy recently watched her daughter, also a Disneyland Resort cast member, graduate from college. She said, “I felt wistful about not having finished my degree. But I felt that ship had sailed for me.” That changed when J’Amy enrolled at the University of Denver to study Communication Arts, as part of Disney Aspire. She’s already completed her first classes and credits Disney Aspire for making it happen.
In a letter to Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, J’Amy wrote, “The Disneyland Resort name tag I wear says, ‘Where dreams come true.’ I tell cast members that it’s something I truly believe, not only for our guests, but for us as well.”
“J’Amy’s story is an inspiration to all of us and a perfect example of how Disney cast members can pursue their passions,” said Josh D’Amaro, president of the Disneyland Resort. “I hope many more will follow in J’Amy’s footsteps and make their dreams come true.”
Read more about J’Amy in The Walt Street Journal (subscription required).