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Walmart Employees Get A Chance at Online Education

10 June 2010 8,375 views 25 Comments

A recent article in the New York times reports that Walmart will soon provide a significant amount of financial assistance to employees who are interested in obtaining online degrees. The company has made a $50 million commitment to fund employee online education initiatives in subjects such as retail management and transportation logistics handling. This commitment will no doubt benefit both the corporation and individual employees. Walmart will have better trained employees and the employees will have a degree that they can take with them throughout their lives. The retail giant does not expect everyone to take advantage of this opportunity right away. They predict that is will take time for this enhanced education program to get off the ground.

Walmart is by no means the first company to offer a tuition reimbursement program. Many companies already offer employee benefits of this kind. By helping employees with education expenses companies qualify for tax breaks while increasing employee morale and job satisfaction.

Will other retailers and large-scale employers follow in Walmart’s footsteps? It is very likely. With online education as an option, more employees might implement or expand education benefits. Because if its flexible nature, online education is a great choice for full-time workers. Companies will have an easier time pushing their employees further their education when they are confident that school will not interfere with work.

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25 Responses to “Walmart Employees Get A Chance at Online Education”

  1. Jenn says on September 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm:

    One of the great advantages of online education is to provide an educational opportunity to people who many otherwise may never have the chance…like those with disabilities. The trick is doing so without jeopardizing the quality and standards of programs-or degradation of degrees/diploma. As a graduate student in the field of distance education, it is very clear that “traditional” education can be delivered in an online environment, but the financial and time commitments are great if they are to be properly prepared.

  2. Michael says on September 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm:

    Yeah Walmart.. I need more information the scholarship.. btw this is very good if Walmart will do this :)

  3. Al de Leon says on September 17, 2010 at 12:07 am:

    I really have my two, enthusiastic thumbs up for the Walmart Scholarship. Its recent development of giving chances even to the children of the employees of Walmart makes it more special. I feel happy for those who will be able to qualify for this scholarship. I know certain eligibility requirements need to be met, but the process will all be easy if the applicant is serious about pursuing education. I think Walmart, just like the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, deserves admiration because the opportunities they provide are life-changing ones. I’m also happy to read such an informative article. It opens the minds of many workers that education can still be achieved in spite of busy work schedule.

  4. Mae says on July 7, 2010 at 8:15 pm:

    While this does sound like a good opportunity, I am a little wary of Walmart and its motives behind the plan. I mean, this company does not have the best record for taking care of its workers, so how can we just accept it without doubt?

  5. Elise says on July 6, 2010 at 12:35 am:

    Interesting. More work places should do that.

  6. Florita says on July 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm:


  7. carrie says on July 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm:

    I doubt if this is real. WalMart is notorious for shabby treatment of employees…especially women, minorities and people with disabilities. Even the scholarship code didn’t work. Don’t believe this article or anything that says WalMart is good….because they aren’t.

  8. vesta says on June 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm:

    yay walmart!

  9. Mayra says on June 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm:

    Well this sounds great who knows maybe I’ll work in Waltmart later on as a part time job . This is a great opportunity and is another way to get the education we need in order to survive this economy that were having right now. Which is not very easy to get employed.

  10. Kathryn Doherty says on June 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm:

    I think this a great opportunity and wish other big companies will start to offer this to their employees.

  11. Kathryn Doherty says on June 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm:

    I think this is a great idea and wish more companies who are successful would provide this for their employers.

  12. Evans says on June 26, 2010 at 4:26 am:

    Wonderful site for scholarships. But if you dont work in walmart and you are interested in such scholarship, what do you do?

  13. karen says on June 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm:

    nice great opportunities for a lot of people

  14. angie pitts says on June 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm:

    My daughter is a walmart employee, going to college on a student loan. It would be great if walmart supported their employees.

  15. Jeremy says on June 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm:

    I knew that Walmart contributes to the community. I don’t work there though.

  16. Chantal Wang says on June 19, 2010 at 5:04 am:

    I wish they were generouse. I was terminated yet they still say they’ll re-hire me. It’s they way to get away from paying unemployment!!! grrr!!!!

  17. leo says on June 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm:

    good job

  18. bridgette says on June 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm:

    Thats very nice of them to do that.

  19. bridgette says on June 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm:

    Thats very generous of Wal-Mart. I need to work there.

  20. Saera says on June 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm:

    It’s too bad that Walmart does so many other crappy things to their employees…

  21. Zeyar Oo says on June 14, 2010 at 8:46 am:

    It’s very generous.

  22. Trev says on June 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm:

    Well, it’s nice to see Walmart assisting its employees in such a way.

  23. Marie says on June 11, 2010 at 9:09 am:

    That is very generous. Good job Walmart!

  24. Daniel Rhodes says on June 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm:

    This was a very valuable article due to the fact that I work for Walmart. Who knows, I may take advance of this opportunity.

  25. Jen says on June 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm:

    Is an online degree as good as a university degree? If so, then I wouldnt mind doing a graduate course online but if its not really going to benefit me in the long run for higher paying jobs, then I dont think its for me.

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