Employment and Jobs

Making Good on a Promise to Mom, and Himself

June 10, 2016  • Brian Poland

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 featuring one of our partners.

This piece originally appeared in Walmart Today.

Jason Thackston was ecstatic to start working at a Walmart distribution center in Washington Courthouse, Ohio, nearly six years ago. He’d worked a variety of jobs before but, having never earned his high school diploma, felt his chances for advancement were limited. With Walmart, he saw opportunity – a career path.

That opportunity, combined with Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School program, and a promise he made to his mother at her hospital bedside, motivated him to unlock his full potential. Jason’s mother passed away shortly after, but he kept his promise and – as you’ll see in this video – the results have been transformative.

Career Online High School is one of many offerings we provide associates through Lifelong Learning, Walmart’s continuing education program. Jason’s story is why we do what we do, and serves as an inspiration to all of us.

This piece was originally posted in Walmart Today by Brian Poland, Director – Lifelong Learning and Talent Development, Walmart. Click here to read more.

Walmart is frequently recognized for its upskilling efforts and is a featured player in our UpSkilling Playbook for Employers. Learn more about Walmart’s upskilling efforts in our sections on High School Completion/Equivalency, Employee Training, and College Degrees. UpSkill America receives funding from Walmart to develop tools and resources to help employers invest in the education, training, and development of their workers.


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