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.
Lowe’s announced the launch of a new education benefit for employees, which offers debt-free tuition assistance to associates seeking to earn undergraduate certificates or degrees or enroll in English language learning, high school completion, or college prep programs. Developed in partnership with Guild Education, it offers more than 50 academic programs across 23 universities and learning providers in Guild’s Learning Marketplace, including the University of Arizona and HBCUs such as Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T State University, and Paul Quinn College. Programs include flexible classes that fit different schedules, fully covered textbooks and course fees, and one-on-one support from Guild coaches. These programs are designed to help associates build skills in supply chain, logistics, data analytics, cybersecurity, technology, and more. Read more.
Today’s announcement builds on Lowe’s existing commitments to education. Recently, Lowe’s announced a $9 million investment in select schools and scholarship programs to provide traditionally underserved students with greater access to higher education and pathways to future Lowe’s employment. In addition, Lowe’s existing education benefit reimburses associates up to $2,500 annually in education expenses for more than 165 additional academic programs. Lowe’s also continues to offer Track to the Trades, a company-funded pre-apprentice certificate program to help up to 4,000 part-time and full-time associates pursue careers in the skilled trades each year.
Even as the pandemic continues to impact our economy and society, we are pleased to see companies like Lowe’s remain committed to advancing the upskilling movement. We hope other organizations find innovative ways to promote upskilling during this challenging time.
More Upskilling News from Lowe’s
- Upskilling Year in Review 2018 – December 2018
- How Lowe’s is Building a New Skilled-Trade Workforce – May 2018
- National Retail Federation Foundation Launches RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills & Education) – January 2017
- UpSkilling Playbook for Employers – Models of Upskilling: Apprenticeship – Lowe’s “Track to the Trades”
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