Friday, June 4, 2010

Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs to Provide Employees with Online College Programs

American Public University, part of a system offering online certificates and degrees, announced today that it will begin providing employees of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Sam’s Club US academic courses and degree programs. Employees will be able to earn credit for on-the-job learning and experience and for online coursework.

According to Wal-Mart, a survey found that 72 percent of the 32,000 associates responding said they preferred an online university over other options. APU offer 70 different programs. Courses start in September.

Associates, as the employees are called, can receive credit in current degree offerings in management, transportation and logistics, and security management. New concentrations will be added in retail management. Wal-Mart and APU will offer a “Lifelong Learning Grant” to reduce the cost of tuition. A book grant can cover the cost of text books and related class materials.

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