Arby’s Deploys Custom Learning Program with Bellevue University to Grow Careers – and Business

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 PM ET
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The courses in the Arby’s Business Management & Leadership program cover financial fundamentals, service operations management, merchandising and advertising – all designed to address Key Performance Indicators that drive Arby’s business.

September 1, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Bellevue University announced today that the latest addition to their stable of corporate partners is Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.. The University, with input from Arby’s executive leadership team, developed a custom learning program exclusively for Arby’s Team Members. The program, called Arby’s Business Management & Leadership, gives Team Members the knowledge and skills they need to be more confident on the job and grow in their careers.

“At Arby’s, we live our line, ‘Start Here. Go Anywhere.’” said Damian Hanft, director of field learning and development at Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. “Arby’s is often a person’s first job. Through this learning opportunity, we are providing the knowledge and skills people need to be their best on the job everyday, and to grow with our company.”

The courses in the custom learning program cover financial fundamentals, service operations management, merchandising and advertising – all designed to address Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that drive Arby’s business. The new program was produced in Bellevue University’s transformational performance-based learning system which focuses on mastery of critical business skills like problem solving, communication, collaboration and more.

Upon completion of the program, Arby’s Team Members earn a certificate of completion worth 36 college credits that then may be applied to Bellevue University’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management & Leadership.

“Arby’s is a prime example of a corporation that truly understands that human capital today is a market share game,” said Michael E. Echols, Executive Vice President of Bellevue University’s Strategic Initiatives division. “You have to fight for the talent that’s out there, and you have to invest in your own. Arby’s is giving their Team Members the opportunity to opt-in to a career-enhancing program. They get to raise their hands and demonstrate that they’re committed to their own career growth, and when that happens, the corporation prospers.”

Arby’s will make the custom learning program available to corporate Team Members system-wide this fall. Bellevue University provides all the marketing communications materials to stimulate interest in the program, including a custom, co-branded website where Team Members can learn more, inquire/enroll, and where testimonials/success stories will be posted.

“Bellevue University was the obvious choice for this talent strategy,” added Hanft. “They proved to us that they provide learning programs that work because they are built around real business needs and for team members who want to grow. This is about measurable ROI on many levels, and we look forward to the results.”


About Arby’s

Arby’s, founded in 1964, is the first nationally franchised sandwich restaurant brand, with more than 3,300 restaurants worldwide. The Arby’s brand purpose is “Inspiring Smiles Through Delicious Experiences™.” Arby’s delivers on its purpose by celebrating the art of Meatcraft™ with a variety of high-quality proteins paired with crave-able sides, such as Curly Fries and Jamocha shakes.  Arby’s® restaurants feature Fast Crafted™ service, a unique blend of quick-serve speed and value combined with the quality and made-for-you care of fast casual.  Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. is the franchisor of the Arby’s brand and is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Visit for more information or socially connect with Arby’s at: FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

With the current growth and momentum of the Brand, Arby’s is actively seeking new franchisees. To learn more about available markets and requirements, visit


About Bellevue University

Bellevue University is a recognized national leader in providing post-secondary education opportunities for working adults. The university’s Strategic Initiatives Division provides learning programs to companies that immerse employees in industry and business-specific knowledge. Corporate customers include The Home Depot, SunTrust Bank, Verizon, PayPal, and more. The division has won numerous awards in this area including Excellence in Academic Partnership from Chief Learning Officer, Corporate University Best in Class First Class Job Building the Next Generation of Leaders award, the enterprise’s most innovative learning initiative from ASTD BEST companies, and a TOP TEN national ranking for online bachelor’s degrees from U.S. News & World Report. For more information about Bellevue University’s customized programs, visit To discuss developing a partnership, call 877-824-5516.

Bellevue University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.