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Why Discover Is Giving Its Employees a Free College Degree

Discover's new college tuition program, The Discover College Commitment, opens the door for any eligible employee to earn a fully-paid college degree. Delivered in partnership with Guild Education, the benefit has no tenure requirement so employees can start participating as soon as their first day. Read More

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McDonald’s Sets Global Goal to Reduce Barriers to Employment for Two Million Youth

McDonald’s announced a new initiative called Youth Opportunity, with a global goal to reduce barriers to employment for two million young people by 2025 through pre-employment job readiness training, employment opportunities, and workplace development programs. The company will distribute $1 million in grants to local community organizations in Chicago to deliver job readiness training for young people who have less access to opportunities. McDonald’s will distribute a further $1 million in grant money to Skills for Chicagoland’s Future to develop a new apprenticeship program with City Colleges of Chicago. Read More

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Disney Invests in Employees’ Futures with Unprecedented Education Program

Disney Aspire offers a wide array of disciplines and diplomas—including college and master’s degrees, high school equivalency, English-language learning, vocational training, and more—for 80,000 hourly employees in the US. The company covers 100 percent of the cost of tuition, application fees, books, and materials. Aspire gives employees choice and flexibility with their studies, regardless of whether the program and classes they choose are tied to their current role at Disney. Disney has partnered with Guild Education to provide personalized coaching for participating employees. Read More

Perris, California, Offers College Degrees to City Employees

The City of Perris, California, is giving city employees the opportunity to earn a free college degree. The partnership with, Civic Scholars, offers participants a bachelor’s degree pathway at no cost to the student. The online program allows students to access course materials at any time, giving them the convenience to complete the program on their own terms, even those with full-time work schedules and family obligations. As of August 2018, 19 City of Perris employees are enrolled in Civic Scholars, and is looking to expand the program to other municipalities. Read More

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How Walmart rebranded development as an employee benefit

An investment in staff development can be a potent attraction and retention tool. Employees want to grow and advance, which makes learning and development a must-have component of the employee value proposition. For businesses large and small, access to massive online learning platforms has made upskilling employees an attainable goal. Walmart, for example, has found success with a learning program that’s both accessible and substantive — and all for, apparently, $1 a day from employees. Read More

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Amazon welcomes first graduates of program to turn veterans into technologists

Amazon's new apprenticeship program shepherds veterans into careers in in-demand technology jobs. Recruits spent three months in the classroom before going into a paid, 12-month apprenticeship to develop expertise on-the-job. Mike Cooper figures the apprenticeship saved him tens of thousands of dollars in tuition he otherwise would have paid to get the same experience and certifications. Read More

Worforce Central, Official Podcast of the National Association of Workforce Boards

Producing a Sustainable, Highly Skilled Workforce

Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director of the National Coalition of Certification Centers, discusses what NC3 is doing to develop strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement, and sustain industry-driven and industry-recognized, portable certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards in the transportation, energy, and aviation sectors. Read More

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ManpowerGroup Signs Workforce Development Pledge to Upskill More than 130,000 U.S. Workers

ManpowerGroup has pledged to upskill 130,000 workers over the next five years. The commitment will be delivered through a suite of offerings including experience, assessment and education as part of ManpowerGroup’s MyPath program. MyPath enables people to access meaningful and sustainable jobs in in-demand careers through accelerated learning programs, on-the-job training, certification and experience. Read More

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Archways to Opportunity Participants Achieve Major Milestone

In June, several McDonald’s restaurant employees accomplished a life-long achievement and walked across a stage to receive a college degree from Colorado Technical University. Since 2015, Archways to Opportunity has provided more than 24,000 eligible employees at participating US restaurants an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront college tuition assistance, access free education advising services, and learn English as a second language. Read More

Business investment in upskilling for incumbent workers: lessons from a Pre-Lean ESOL Program in Massachusetts

Helping English learners participate in training can improve their earning prospects and contribute to the business bottom line. Learn how MassMEP, Russelectric, English for New Bostonians partnered to make it happen. Courtesy of National Skills Coalition, a founding partner organization of UpSkill America. Read More