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Five Guys Franchisee Rockham 5G Teams Up with Kaplan to Provide Menu of Educational Opportunities for Employees

Jun. 2, 2015

Philadelphia, PA – (June 2, 2015) – Kaplan and Rockham 5G have teamed up to provide a menu of educational opportunities, from earning a high school diploma to earning a college degree, for approximately 500 employees who work at Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants owned by Rockham 5G.

“Our employees are incredibly important to our growth. We’re making a smart investment in helping them grow both personally and professionally and we could not find a better partner in Kaplan,” said Janice Brendlinger, Personnel Director of Rockham 5G, which owns and operates 25 Five Guys restaurants in and around the Philadelphia metro area.

As part of the relationship, Kaplan will provide one-time grants for employees without a high school diploma as they prepare for earning their General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Kaplan will also offer employees open courses with free assessments for college credit on a number of different topics, including financial literacy, management, expository and persuasive writing, professional presence and more.

Additionally, managers who are with Rockham 5G for six months or more will receive tuition grants to attend regionally accredited Kaplan University, which serves approximately 42,000 online and campus-based students.

“As an education company and employer of choice, we understand full well the powerful role education plays in making work rewarding and career progression possible. We’re delighted to be working with entrepreneurs like Drew Smith (Rockham 5G’s CEO) and the entire Rockham 5G team,” said Craig Collins, Senior Vice President of Kaplan University Corporate Development and Services.

About Rockham 5G and Five Guys:

Rockham 5G is a Five Guys franchisee with 25 stores and 500 employees in and around Philadelphia, in South Jersey and in Northern Delaware. Dedicated to serving excellent food in a fun setting, Rockham 5G is proud to partner with its employees to invest in their education. Five Guys is a worldwide chain with 1,256 locations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

About Kaplan:

Kaplan, Inc. serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K-12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Across its 75-plus year history, first as small test-prep pioneer and then an early online education leader and now a global education provider, Kaplan has been recognized for expanding educational access and using technology and learning science innovations to continually improve outcomes for its students and partners. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 22,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses.

Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit

Press contacts:

Public Relations
Stephen White
Office: 954-515-4124
Mobile: 954-684-9680

Rockham 5G
Janice Brendlinger
Office: 610-383-5695

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