What is the Better Futures program?
JBS USA and Pilgrim’s are building Better Futures to be the largest free college tuition program in rural America and to provide our team members and their dependents the opportunity to pursue their higher education dreams (associates degrees, trade certificates) free of charge.
Why is the Company offering the Better Futures Program?
The Better Futures Program aligns with our mission to create the opportunity of a better future for our team members. We believe that community college and technical schools provide team members and dependents an opportunity to learn, develop, and grow as they work toward their future goals.
How many credits does this cover per semester?
This will cover all tuition that the qualifying team member or dependent is enrolled, up to 15 credits per term.
How many team members or dependents can utilize this benefit at a given time?
Participation is limited to one dependent or team member, per team member, at any one time. Qualifying team members with multiple dependents may utilize the benefit more than once, but the program can only be utilized by one dependent at a time.
What if my spouse/partner works at the Company as well? Can we both utilize the benefit?
Each team member can utilize the benefit for themselves or one dependent per term.
What should I expect to pay out-of-pocket?
What you may pay out-of-pocket will vary based on the facility location, partner school, and your specific situation. Aside from tuition costs (covered by the Company), team members should expect partner schools to charge for textbooks and supplies, mandatory fees (i.e. administrative fees, course fees, lab fees), and other fees (i.e. student ID cards, parking permit, etc.). Your partner school can help you estimate costs based on your degree program, course load, and financial-aid profile.
Are there specific courses that I or my dependent are required to take?
No. Team members and dependents are able to select any courses or degree programs they wish to.
What happens if I cease to be an employee of the Company in the middle of a semester?
In the event a team member ceases to be an employee of Company in the middle of a semester, the Qualifying Student(s) will be permitted to complete the semester in the Program, but will not be eligible for the benefit thereafter.
What if there is not a Community or Technical College near me?
If there are no partner schools near the facility or team members are unable to utilize the benefit in person, team members will be directed to our online college partner.
Can I take courses during my work shift?
Team members will not be approved for time off during their work shifts to complete courses or coursework. Any team member wishing to utilize the Better Futures Program must plan to do so outside of their work shifts.
What if my dependent or I enroll part-time? Can an additional dependent utilize the remainder of the benefit in the same term?
No. The benefit is only available to one team member or one dependent each term, regardless of the enrollment status of the student.
How did the Company choose the partner colleges?
Human Resources team members from JBS USA and Pilgrim’s chose partner colleges based off prior relationships between facilities and colleges, and the proximity to our facilities to help reinforce our commitment to the Hometown Strong initiative.
We are committed to providing meaningful investments that have a lasting impact in our communities for generations to come. In this case, our investment is being made in the futures of our team members and their families, as well as the partner colleges.
How soon after I start at the Company can I participate in the Better Futures Program?
The Better Futures Program provides free community college or technical school tuition to any team member or dependent of a team member who:
- Is in good standing
- Has been employed by the Company for the preceding six months, and
- Remains employed by the Company during the dependent’s or team member’s community college term
How will JBS USA and Pilgrim’s pay the partner college?
The partner college will directly invoice the Company for the tuition charges each term, and the Company will pay the partner college for the aggregate tuition costs for any team members or dependents utilizing the benefit at that partner college.
How long would it take the Company to pay the invoice?
The Company will pay the invoice 30 days after receiving it.
Can I use this for my grandkids?
If a team member has sole custody of their grandchildren, the grandchildren are considered eligible dependents for the benefit. Team members will be asked to provide proof of sole custody in these cases.
What if I live in a different state than the partner college for my plant?
In the event a team member is a resident of a different state than their plant’s partner college, the qualified student would utilize the online partner college option.