I am all for education, but I am especially for online education.
In fact, every time I hear a new online learning organization comes to the scene, I get the giggles and enjoy the thought of how we are finally sticking it to the man. The man being the old farts at Oxford and Cambridge that think they are better than every one else.
You see, now a days you can get any skill you want for free or a few bucks at an online course and tutorial library like Coursera, Udemy, and others. So you could imagine my dismay when my niece told me she is taking courses at Subway University. I almost fell off my chair!
I started to tell her about all these available courses out there she can take online to learn and continue her education with, why would she need to go to a University?
My golly did she start laughing at me. I think she almost fell off her chair too from how hard she was laughing.
After we both calmed down a bit (especially her, that little rascal). She went on to explain to me that the University of Subway was not an actual University like Cambridge and such, she said, its not even a real College (even though from what I understood it’s training curriculum is accredited and can be counted as actual College credit).
What it is, she went on, is a division of Subway Restaurant, a dedicated online training and education program for all Subway Partners and staff members.
Apparently she just got hired at a local Subway branch, right next to my house for that matter, and she wanted to know if from time to time she could stay over so she doesn’t have to waste gas driving back home (its a 30 minute drive after all).
Clearly I said yes. I don’t get much visitors since I moved to the county and having her over would be a ghastly pleasure that we both can enjoy.
I wanted to know more about this Subway University and asked her to show me a little about what she learned on it. It was definitely an eye opener to see the lengths and details big corporations are going through to train their employees (I am sure Big Brother had something to do with this for compliance reasons).
I can definitely see how this can even increase the retention rate of Subway staff members since well trained workers usually like their job more that average bloke.
Of course giving it a big name like University of Subway makes it even more impressive for the rascals like my niece.
At the least it shows how much they care about the quality of training their workers get and how much they invest in technologies like an LMS (Learning Management Systems) to keep the quality of their employee education at such a high level.
Surely I could give them credit for that.
However, I made sure though that my niece knows that I still expect her to do more in life than work at a Subway restaurant as a sandwich artist. She smirked at me and said “of course uncle, one day I hope to be a manager! Ha ha ha…”
We both started laughing. What a chuckle.