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Walmart’s new education program will allow its staff to earn degrees in supply chain management or business. The company will financially support the cost of higher education for its employees and the degrees will be offered through several non-profit universities. The University of Florida, Brandman University, and Bellevue University were selected for their dedication and strong outcomes on serving working adult learners. Full-time, part-time, and salaried employees working at Walmart U.S. store, supply chain, home office, and Sam’s Club associates are eligible to participate in the program. According to Walmart, the initiative is designed to remove the financial barriers to college enrollment and graduation. Many believe that this program might be the nation’s most scalable approach to creating an equal educational opportunity for the U.S. workforce. Walmart is also helping its workers earn extra college credits through their on-the-job training. The Lumina foundation—a private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all—plans to collaborate with Walmart to research and measure the impact and effectiveness of the new education program. Walmart’s initiative is a significant investment for its workforce and will not only help the company, but impact how society moves toward more accessible and affordable pathways. The program will help individuals be appreciated and rewarded depending on their work based skills and knowledge.
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