Walmart employees can go to college for a dollar a day

Graduates from walmart academy

The global supermarket chain will offer degrees on Business and Supply Chain Management for one dollar a day; workers can choose between buying a can of soda or start their professional development.

Photo: Walmart.com

Employees at Walmart can pursue a college degree at a low fee: a dollar a day. They can choose between a can of soda or begin their professional development.

Through Guild Education, the educational benefits platform, the supermarket chain will offer degrees in Business and Supply Chain Management. This program is available to all employees at Walmart, Sam's Club and subsidiaries within the territory of the United States.

Investing in the personal and professional success of our associates is vital to Walmart’s future success. We know training and learning opportunities empower associates to deliver for customers while growing and advancing in their careers.
— Greg Foran, CEO of Walmart.

The degrees are available through the University of Florida, Brandman University, and Bellevue University, non-profit institutions whose focus targets working adult students.

Currently, Walmart offers free high school education and language programs, in addition to discounts or special fees in online or face-to-face courses.

Other companies are also investing in training their employees instead of looking for external candidates. As an example, Amazon’s "Career Choice" program prepays 95% of the cost of the studies of many of its staff to obtain certificates and degrees in occupations such as aircraft mechanics, machine tool technologies, medical laboratory technologies, nursing and among others.