Better Futures

We are building the largest free college tuition program in rural America.

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In March 2021, we launched Better Futures, our tuition-free community college program, providing more than 66,000 company team members and their dependent children the opportunity to pursue their higher education dreams.

Our advisors help team members – many from first-generation American families – navigate the application process.

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Nataly Mendoza Yanez

Nataly Mendoza Yanez, JBS training and development manager in Tolleson, Ariz., is studying international business at Glendale Community College.

“It feels like the opportunity fell from the sky,” said Nataly. “I’m really excited about it. I was going to go back to school, but it’s pricey.”

Nataly's story was featured in The New York Times.

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Victor Neri-Cordova

Through the Better Futures program, Victor from Council Bluffs, IA, is chasing his dream of working in cybersecurity within the company.

“The reason I was able to pick up right where I left off is because JBS came out with Better Futures,” he said.

When he heard of the tuition-free college degree program, Victor didn’t hesitate to go back to school. Better Futures made it possible for him to revive this goal while still being able to provide for his family.

Yousef Nagar

Yousef Nagar

A supervisor on the chuck line, Yousef from Omaha, hopes attaining a degree in psychology through Better Futures will elevate him to pursue a role in Human Resources.

“I see a lot of people who struggle and need someone to mentor them. I want to help people find where they best fit,” Yousef said.

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Better Futures Featured in WSJ

Our CEO Tim Schellpeper highlighted the Better Futures program during The Wall Street Journal's Global Food Forum.

"We're funding this college education with the hope that they don't necessarily need to come back to work for JBS. But if that's home for them, and they want to build their home there and build their life there, they're being armed with an education and hopefully make that community a better place," Tim said.

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1,250 Milestone

JBS USA and Pilgrim’s Announce More Than 1,250 People Have Enrolled in Better Futures

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