Employment and Jobs

Walmart Adds Healthcare to $1 a Day College Program

September 24, 2019  • 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 featuring one of our partners.

Pharmacy associate assisting customer

Beginning today, Walmart’s 1.5 million associates in the US can apply for one of seven bachelor’s degrees and two career diplomas in health-related fields for $1 a day through Live Better U, Walmart’s education benefit program.

The new offerings will arm associates with training to fill critical health care roles across Walmart and Sam’s Club, which includes more than 5,000 retail pharmacies, 3,000 vision centers and 400 hearing centers, as well as the new Walmart Health center in Georgia. The upskilled workforce will help the retailer make quality health care more affordable and accessible for customers in the communities it serves.

The health and wellness courses include career diploma programs for pharmacy technicians and opticians through Penn Foster, and seven bachelor’s degrees in health science, health and wellness and healthcare management/administration offered through Purdue University Global, Southern New Hampshire University, Bellevue University and Wilmington University.

Live Better U now includes more than 50 programs, removing financial and access barriers to education for associates seeking educational opportunities across professions. Click here to learn more.



Time for an #upskilling checkup? @Walmart just added new healthcare fields to its $1 a day college program, in partnership with @GuildEducation.

What’s new at #LiveBetterU? @Walmart associates can now earn healthcare degrees at @purdueglobal, @SNHU, @wilmu, @UF, @BrandmanU, and @BellevueU.


More upskilling news from Walmart

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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