Employment and Jobs

Walmart’s New Education Benefit Puts Cap and Gown Within Reach for Associates

May 30, 2018  • 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.

Walmart today unveiled a new associate education benefit designed to remove barriers to college enrollment and graduation. In partnership with Guild Education, a leading education benefits platform, Walmart associates will be able to access affordable, high-quality associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in Business or Supply Chain Management. Under the program, which will be made available to all Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club associates, Walmart will subsidize the cost of higher education, beyond financial aid and an associate contribution equivalent to $1 a day. Degrees will be offered through the University of Florida, Brandman University and Bellevue University – nonprofit schools selected for their focus and strong outcomes on serving working adult learners. Click here to read more.

Walmart is frequently recognized for its upskilling efforts and last year made a substantial investment in promoting the movement via UpSkill America. We are delighted with Walmart’s decision and commend them for joining a growing list of companies committed to advancing the upskilling movement this year.

Walmart and Walmart.org are supporters of UpSkill America, an initiative of the Economic Opportunities Program.



Learn how @Walmart is helping employees advance their education. The company’s new initiative will offer associate’s and bachelor’s degrees to 1.4 million workers.

What could you buy for $1 a day? For @Walmart employees, an education.

“Investing in the personal and professional success of our associates is vital to Walmart’s future success.” Greg Foran, CEO @Walmart


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