Dollywood to pay 100% of college tuition for all employees

Dollywood announced that the theme park will cover college tuition, including fees and books, for its employees.  The education benefit package goes into effect on Feb. 24 and benefits all part-time, seasonal and full-time employees of Dollywood Parks & Resorts. This covers workers for the following properties of operating partner Herschend Enterprises: Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, Dollywood Cabins and Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show.

Eugene Naughton, president of The Dollywood Company, said: “We know when our hosts are happy and feel cared for that they are going to pass that along to our guests. The creation of the program allows another avenue for us to care for our hosts. One of The Dollywood Foundation’s key tenets is to ‘learn more’. This program is created with that very tenet in mind. We want our hosts to develop themselves through advanced learning to fulfill the foundation’s other tenets: care more, dream more and be more. When our hosts strive to grow themselves, it makes our business and our community a truly better place.”

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