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Jason’s Deli Partners with Sophia Learning to Provide Access to Online General Education Courses

HERNDON, Va., January 30, 2024--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sophia Learning, an online, on-demand, self-paced learning platform providing college-level courses is partnering with Jason’s Deli, an award-winning fast casual restaurant, to give its full-time and part-time employees access to Sophia’s low-cost $99/month subscription. The subscription will include access to more than 60 high-quality general education college-level courses.

The monthly subscription will be reimbursable in accordance with the tuition reimbursement policy of Jason’s Deli. Additionally, Jason’s Deli employees will be eligible to receive the tuition reimbursement benefits for multiple reimbursement cycles, including consecutively month over month.

"At Jason's Deli, we recognize that financial barriers can be an obstacle for our employees who want to meet their education goals. Jason’s Deli is proud to launch our education benefits program with Sophia to help remove this burden for our employees," said Alex Cone, VP of Human Resources for Jason’s Deli. "Sophia's platform is a great partner for us and will allow our diverse workforce to continue to learn and excel, whenever or wherever they choose."


Sophia is an online learning platform that allows students at any stage of their higher education journey to get started on their education or finish up their college-level courses. The courses are flexible, ACE®-recommended for college credit, and available through an affordable monthly subscription that allows students to move through courses at their own speed.

Sophia currently partners with over 60 colleges and universities who have agreed to award credit for Sophia courses. Through the partnership, Jason’s Deli employees will be eligible to receive credit with Sophia partner institutions as well as apply for consideration at non-partner institutions.

"As more frontline workers consider going back to school, having access to affordable general education courses that are flexible and transferable will be absolutely critical for them," said Shawna Thayer, Chief Executive Officer of Sophia. "We are excited to partner with Jason’s Deli to provide their team members with a pathway to help them advance their personal and professional goals."

Starting today, eligible Jason’s Deli employees are able to apply for a Sophia subscription. For more information, visit to learn more about the partnership and its offerings.

About Jason’s Deli

A family-owned deli restaurant chain, Jason's Deli was founded in Beaumont, Texas, in 1976 by Joe Tortorice Jr. and now has 250 locations in 28 states. In 2005, Jason's Deli was the first major restaurant concept to ban artificial trans fats in the U.S. and later became the first to eliminate high-fructose corn syrup. At Jason's Deli, whether you want gluten-sensitive menu items or vegetarian options, healthy kids' meals, or if you would like to build your own salad at their famous salad bar, you will be delighted by the bigger choices of better food, from healthy to indulgent. For more information, please visit

About Sophia Learning

Sophia is an online learning platform that allows students at any stage of their higher education journey to get started on or continue their education by taking affordable and flexible college-level general education courses that are ACE®-recommended for college credit. Sophia students have saved more than $500 million in tuition dollars*, completed more than 500,000 courses, and have been awarded more than 1,500,000 transfer credits at receiving institutions. For more information about Sophia, visit Sophia is a subsidiary of Strategic Education, Inc.

* Savings based on average annual tuition at in-state, 4-year institutions, as reported by IPEDS, 2020.

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Elaine Kincel