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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

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Discover Offers Employees a Full-Ride Bachelor’s Degree Program

Discover announced a significant new education assistance benefit that provides all eligible U.S.-based employees the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree online from an accredited public or non-profit private university at no cost. Known as The Discover College Commitment, the benefit covers tuition and required fees, books and supplies needed to complete select online degrees at one of three schools – the University of Florida (via UF Online), Wilmington University and Brandman University. The benefit has no tenure requirement so employees can start participating as soon as they want regardless of how long they have been with the company, including new employees on their first day. Read More

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Boeing announces details of $100 million employee education investment

Boeing launched new workforce development programs today, an online network of resources designed to make learning more accessible to employees at all levels of the company. A new partnership with will provide employees with access to online lessons, certification courses and degree programs. The investment will also fund several programs to help employees enhance technical skills and understand industry trends, tools and technologies. Read More

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The Hidden Benefit in Walmart’s Education Benefit Announcement

While Walmart’s latest commitment to its employees’ education is impressive in its own right, the knowledge this program’s data will contribute to the upskilling community is just as exciting. Read More


How Disney is turning women from across the company into coders

Disney's CODE: Rosie program gives women already at the company in non-technical roles an opportunity to switch careers. After three months of training—in everything from basic computer-science concepts to programming languages such as Python—they’ll segue into a yearlong apprenticeship consisting of two six-month chunks in different teams within the company. Then they’ll have the opportunity to take a job within one of Disney’s technical groups. Read More


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

Walmart today unveiled a new associate education benefit designed to remove barriers to college enrollment and graduation. In partnership with Guild Education, 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. Read More

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Chick-fil-A Increases Scholarship Investment with $14.5 Million to Team Members

Chick-fil-A is awarding scholarships to more than 5,700 employees through its “Remarkable Futures” education initiative. The program allows students employed by the company’s local franchise Operators to receive up to $25,000 in scholarships that can be applied for any area of study at any accredited institution of their choice. In addition to $14.5 million in scholarships, all of Chick-fil-A’s 120,000 Team Members also have access to tuition discounts and other educational benefits at 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Read More

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Amazon Is Paying Its Employees $12,000 to Train for a Job at Another Company. And It’s Brilliant

Training employees and giving them job skills in other high-demand industries is madness—right? Actually, Amazon is doing just that. The program is called Amazon Career Choice. Jeff Bezos described it as “For hourly associates with more than one year of tenure, we pre-pay 95 percent of tuition, fees, and textbooks (up to $12,000) for certificates and associate degrees in high-demand occupations,” including healthcare, IT, computer science, transportation, and mechanical & skilled trades. Read More


MGM partnership will pay for employees to go to college

The new MGM College Opportunity Program will cover the cost for MGM employees to enroll in distance education programs at any of Nevada's seven public schools. In addition, employees of MGM Resorts International — the state’s largest employer — can access any school within the Nevada System of Higher Education. Read More


Kroger Makes New Commitment to Education Assistance

The Kroger Co. announced new and enhanced long-term associate benefits following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including an education assistance program called Feed Your Future. Kroger and its subsidiaries will now offer associates an employee education benefit of up to $3,500 annually ($21,000 over the course of employment) toward continuing education and development opportunities including a high school equivalency exam, professional certifications and advanced degrees. Read More