Employment and Jobs

Upskilling in the News: Hormel Foods Offers College Degrees to Children of Employees

August 25, 2020  • UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news from one of our partners.

Logo for Hormel Foods' Inspired Pathways program

Photo credit: Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods announced it will provide a college education to the dependent children of its team members. Here is an excerpt from the press release:

The Inspired Pathways program is open to all currently employed Hormel Foods team members in the United States and will begin later this year with the first class beginning college in the 2021-2022 academic year. The company will be partnering with community colleges in cities where it has operations. Additionally, the company will be creating community mentorship committees to provide resources to the students, including assistance with applications. The program will also work with students on internships and other career development opportunities.

In addition to this new benefit, Hormel Foods also offers tuition reimbursement for current team members who go back to school while working at Hormel Foods. Click here to read more.

We’re pleased to see forward-looking companies like Hormel Foods continue to advance the upskilling movement even during this challenging time. As we noted late last year, before the start of the pandemic, downturns are a crucial time to invest in upskilling. We hope other employers continue to take this message to heart.


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Despite the constraints imposed by #COVID19, @HormelFoods is continuing to advance the #upskilling movement. Its Inspired Pathways program is partnering with local community colleges to give employees’ children a free education.


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