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.
To help prepare its workforce for tomorrow, Walmart is expanding its Live Better U education benefit to include new technology degrees and certificates for $1 a day and offering high school students a bridge into the workforce, including access to all its learning programs. The additional 14 technology degrees and certificates — like cyber security, computer science, computer and network security and computing technology — are in addition to the business and supply chain degrees currently offered for $1 a day.
Walmart’s program provides students an end-to-end workforce solution, from access to jobs, to building foundational soft skills and more advanced skills through work-based training, and an opportunity to earn a debt-free college degree. Along with other eligible Walmart associates, high school students will now have access to jobs with scheduling options for flexibility or core hours (work the same days and shifts for up to 13 weeks), free ACT and SAT prep, up to seven hours of free college credit through Live Better U’s College Start program, and a debt-free college degree through Live Better U (upon high school completion) in the in-demand fields of technology, business or supply chain management at six nonprofit universities.
Walmart is also creating the Live Better U Scholar Awards, a graduation bonus program for Walmart U.S. store associates who have not previously completed college credits.
These enhancements come a year after Walmart announced the education benefit, which is designed to help remove barriers — like cost, time and earning a relevant degree in a changing economy — that too often keep adult learners from furthering their educations. Click here to learn more.
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.
- How Walmart rebranded development as an employee benefit, August 2018
- The Hidden Benefit in Walmart’s Education Benefit Announcement, May 2018
- Walmart’s New Education Benefit Puts Cap and Gown Within Reach for Associates, May 2018
- A Staggering 225,000 People Will Graduate from Walmart University This Year, May 2017
- Walmart Expands Partnership with Cengage to Offer Free High School Diploma & Career Training to Family Members of Associates, January 2017
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