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October 20, 2018

Walmart grants $4M to support workforce education

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By Corinne Ruff, Retail Dive
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are giving $4 million in grants to three organizations working to increase workforce training, according to a company press release. Walmart is also expanding its education benefit, announced in May, to U.S. e-commerce associates.┬áThe funding, announced Wednesday, is part of the company’s five-year Retail Opportunity Initiative, which is a $100 million effort to improve training programs in retail and adjacent sectors. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have so far funded more than $80 million in related grants.┬áThe funding is broken up in the following ways: $2.4 million will go to the Foundation for California Community Colleges to launch an online community college to serve adult learners; $1 million to edX will help launch a series of courses in new “MicroBachelors” programs; and $250,000 will help Code for America “explore the role government technology systems can play in improving access to quality jobs in the digital age, and identify opportunities where technology can improve outcomes for job seekers.”

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