Connect with us

Walmart Adds 14 Tech Degrees, Certificates to Live Better U College Offering, Expands Debt-Free College to High Schoolers and Creates Graduation Bonuses

Avatar

Published

on

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Walmart provides new in-demand technology degrees for associates and
gives high school students an on-ramp to the workforce and path to
college through retailer’s debt-free degree benefit

BENTONVILLE, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walmart is committed to winning the future of retail and knows investing
in its people is essential to serving customers today and in the future.
To help prepare its workforce for tomorrow, the retailer is expanding
its Live Better U education benefit to include new technology degrees
and certificates for $1 a day and offering high school students a bridge
into the workforce, including access to all its learning programs.

These enhancements come a year after Walmart announced the education
benefit, which is designed to help remove barriers — like cost, time and
earning a relevant degree in a changing economy — that too often keep
adult learners from furthering their educations.

High school students face challenges when it comes to work and
education. The cost of college remains a significant barrier for many
high school students, which often leads to costly student loans. The
Center for Microeconomic Data recently reported that student loan debt
is now nearly $1.5
trillion
. At the same time, fewer and fewer teens are entering the
workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It estimates
that by 2024 only 26
percent
of teens will have a job. It’s been shown that having a job
helps teens build confidence, work ethic, independence, financial
knowledge, and perhaps most importantly, creates work experience that
helps students as they transition into adulthood and a career.

“Walmart values learning in all forms, and we are committed to creating
a workforce of lifelong learners and instilling in them excitement for
retail and a passion for serving customers,” said Greg Foran, president
and CEO of Walmart U.S. “Access to higher education is one way to grow
your career. So, in addition to providing people with an entry to the
workforce and access to our on-the-job training I’m proud Walmart also
offers our associates programs like Live Better U to help them achieve
their educational goals.”

High School Expansion

Walmart’s program provides students an end-to-end workforce solution,
from access to jobs, to building foundational soft skills and more
advanced skills through work-based training, and an opportunity to earn
a debt-free college degree. Along with other eligible Walmart
associates, high school students will now have access to:

  • Jobs with scheduling options for flexibility or core hours (work the
    same days and shifts for up to 13 weeks),
  • Free ACT and SAT prep,
  • Up to seven hours of free college credit
    through Live Better U’s College Start program, and
  • A debt-free college degree through Live Better U (upon high school
    completion) in the in-demand fields of technology, business or supply
    chain management at six nonprofit universities.

Technology Degrees and Certificates

Walmart is expanding its offering of debt-free degrees that associates
can earn through Live Better U. The additional 14 technology degrees and
certificates — like cyber security, computer science, computer and
network security and computing technology — are in addition to the
business and supply chain degrees currently offered for $1 a day.

The technology additions to Live Better U highlight the importance of
Walmart’s enterprise-wide digital transformation while also providing
associates opportunities for economic mobility. Live Better U’s
technology programs — in addition to the retail management and business
management degrees — create career pathways both within the retailer and
externally. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment
in computer fields grew by 21 percent
from 2009 to 2015 — more than
four times the rate of roles outside of the STEM (science, technology,
engineering and math) sector.

In the coming months, the company plans to add even more degrees and
certificates in additional fields that will support both the growing
Walmart business and demand in the overall U.S. workforce.

Completion Bonus

Walmart is creating the Live Better U Scholar Awards, a graduation bonus
program for Walmart U.S. store associates who have not previously
completed college credits. The award underscores Live Better U’s focus
on completion, celebrates the associate’s achievements, and will offset
— and in many cases pay back — the associate’s $1 a day contribution to
the program. Up to 5,000 associates each year will be eligible for the
awards valued at $1,500 each.

About Live Better U

Live Better U meets associates where they are on their educational
journey by creating access, removing barriers and empowering associates
to go as far in their education — and careers — as their hard work and
talents will take them. The program includes the debt-free $1 a day
degree program, free high school completion for associates and eligible
family members, discounts on higher education programs like master’s
degrees, free foreign language learning and much more — all in
partnership with Guild Education. Additionally, associates can get
college credit for training they receive on the job through our
Academies. Hundreds of thousands of associates have already undergone
skills training equivalent to more than $300 million in college credits
toward the program.

Associates can now earn degrees and certificates at six nonprofit
universities, which were selected for their success with adult learners.
Southern New Hampshire University, Purdue University Global and
Wilmington University are new to Live Better U and join University of
Florida, Brandman University and Bellevue University.

Less than a year after launch, more than 7,500 Walmart associates from
all 50 states have been accepted into at least one of the programs —
ahead of the retailer’s projections.

“Since launching with Guild a year ago, thousands of Walmart associates
have now headed back to school debt-free, collectively saving tens of
millions of dollars in student debt,” said Rachel Carlson, CEO of Guild
Education. “As the largest employer in the nation, Walmart’s education
program is creating unparalleled access for millions of Americans to
gain a meaningful education and economic mobility.”

What Others are Saying about Live Better U

Paul LeBlanc, president and CEO of Southern New Hampshire University
“Walmart
is taking the lead on workforce development, connecting their employees
with the opportunity to earn a degree that will help them get ahead in
their life and career without taking on debt. SNHU’s collaboration with
Walmart will expand access to education for thousands of associates and
is a model for aligning employer demand with the kind of
workforce-applicable higher education we have pioneered at SNHU.”

Dr. Mary Hawkins, President of Bellevue University
“Live
Better U is more than an education assistance program; it’s a strategy
that creates opportunities to learn and apply learning at work. We’ve
had incredibly active student participation by Walmart associates in our
business cohort degree programs, and we’ve seen retention rates that are
above our university average. It’s been a remarkable first year of the
program, and we are excited to embark on year 2 as we expand our degree
offerings to Walmart associates.”

Rachel Carlson, CEO of Guild Education
“Walmart’s expansion
of the Live Better U program — adding technology degrees and
certificates like computer science and cybersecurity — is another step
in the company’s significant commitment to train and educate workers for
jobs of the future.”

John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance
“Employers
need people who have the education and skills to thrive in a
fast-changing workplace. That’s why Walmart’s investment in developing
the education and workplace skills of its employees is so significant.
Walmart is showing how employers can help young people be ready,
connected, and supported to succeed in the workplace.”

Danette Howard, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at
Lumina Foundation

“Lumina is proud to partner with Walmart to
measure the effects of the Live Better U program on its employees and
its bottom line. Many companies support employees with tuition benefits,
but few have built programs like Walmart’s, which is built to encourage
workers to finish their educations. The introduction of the graduation
bonus is one more way Walmart is creating pathways for its associates.”

Eric Seleznow, senior adviser for JFF
“There is real power
in work-based learning. When young people work, they gain critical
employment skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and communications.
These skills serve them well immediately and in their future. This
enhanced program is the latest example of how employers can step up to
support continued education and learning for America’s young people and
prepare them for the careers of today and tomorrow.”

About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and
live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and
through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and
members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27
countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of
$514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide.
Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate
philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about
Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com,
on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart
and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

Contacts

Media Relations Contact:
Michelle Malashock
800-331-0085
news.walmart.com/reporter

Cannabis

PURA Cannabis Cultivation Spinoff and Dividend Breaking News Update

Newsfile

Published

on

Dallas, Texas–(Newsfile Corp. – July 10, 2020) – Puration, Inc. (OTC Pink: PURA) now has the following update to the press release published this morning about the management buyout of a separate public company that will in turn purchase PURA’s cannabis cultivation spinoff in exchange for common stock scheduled to close today. The management buyout has been executed by all parties. The purchase is scheduled to be funded on Monday. The management/owner team plans to make a formal announcement on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (the formal announcement was previously expected on Monday, but to ensure funding is complete first, the announcement is now scheduled for the next day).

Cannot view this image? Visit: https://i1.wp.com/grassnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/pura-cannabis-cultivation-spinoff-and-dividend-breaking-news-update.jpg?w=740&ssl=1

PURA – Logo

To view an enhanced version of this graphic, please visit:
https://orders.newsfilecorp.com/files/6696/59533_f41dea8d94434bba_001full.jpg

The common stock issued in exchange for the PURA spinoff is intended to be issued to PURA shareholders in a dividend distribution.

NCM Biotech, a subsidiary of Kali-Extracts (OTC Pink: KALY) will also be acquired and merged with PURA’s cannabis spinoff.

The management team purchasing control of the target public company is expected to confirm the planned acquisitions of PURA’s cannabis cultivation company and KALY’s NCM Biotech in the announcement now scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

PURA’s cannabis cultivation operation is thriving. The operation has recently purchased and relocated to a new property from its former leased property. Texas lawmakers have recently implemented hemp friendly farming regulations and in so doing, universities within the State of Texas have initiated hemp farming research programs. PURA’s cannabis cultivation spinoff has initiated a number of joint research applications with Texas universities.

NCM Biotech is focused on medical research and the development of treatments derived from its patented cannabis extraction process. See a recent research report on CBD extracts derived from NCM Biotech’s patented extraction process: Journal of Cannabis Research.

For more information on Puration, visit http://www.purationinc.com

Disclaimer/Safe Harbor:

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Contact:
Puration, Inc.
Brian Shibley,
info@aciconglomerated.com
(800) 861-1350

To view the source version of this press release, please visit https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/59533

Continue Reading

Cannabis

PURA Ongoing EVERx CBD Sports Water Sales Fuel Expansion

Newsfile

Published

on

Dallas, Texas–(Newsfile Corp. – July 10, 2020) – Puration, Inc. (OTC Pink: PURA) management today indicated that its EVERx CBD Sports Water sales remain strong and continue to support the company’s expansion plans to diversify into additional CBD infused consumer product lines.

Cannot view this image? Visit: https://i0.wp.com/grassnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/pura-ongoing-everx-cbd-sports-water-sales-fuel-expansion.jpg?w=740&ssl=1

PURA – EVERx CBD Sports Water
To view an enhanced version of this graphic, please visit:
https://orders.newsfilecorp.com/files/6696/59529_f20d25cae4a25bb8_001full.jpg

After launching an acquisition campaign in January, PURA has acquired four businesses ranging from CBD confections, to CBD pet products, to CBD sun care products and CBD sexual wellness products. PURA is building a brand name strategy to relaunch the acquired products. Management emphasizes that PURA’s success with EVERx CBD Sports Water is the ongoing catalyst making PURA’s diversified expansion possible.

For more information on Puration, visit http://www.purationinc.com

Disclaimer/Safe Harbor:

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Contact:
Puration, Inc.
Brian Shibley,
info@aciconglomerated.com
(800) 861-1350

To view the source version of this press release, please visit https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/59529

Continue Reading

Cannabis

SLANG Worldwide Announces Election of New Directors

Newsfile

Published

on

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – July 10, 2020) – SLANG Worldwide Inc. (CNSX: SLNG) (“SLANG” or the “Company“), a leading global cannabis consumer packaged goods (CPG) company with a diversified portfolio of popular brands, today announced the election of four new directors who will add considerable expertise in consumer products, marketing, corporate strategy and financial management to its Board.

Joining SLANG’s Board are the following individuals:

  • Chris Donnelly is the founder of four start-up ventures across consumer products, digital marketing, and outdoor advertising. In 2002, Mr. Donnelly helped create the subsidiaries group within Nike. In 2006, Mr. Donnelly joined Oakley as SVP of Global Strategy and Product, where he rebuilt the organizational structure for all 3,000 employees to align the company around its top priorities. Over 9 years, through 450 new retail stores and 4 website launches, he shifted the direct to consumer business from 11% of revenues to 48%. Since 2016, Mr. Donnelly has spent his time advising and investing in consumer businesses.

  • Kelly Ehler is a Chartered Accountant and former auditor with PWC and banker with Bank of Montreal. He has sat on various public company corporate boards and board committees including additional roles as Audit Committee chair. He has led several companies, from start-ups to billion-dollar public companies, as CFO in a variety of industries and countries. His experience covers debt financing, due diligence, acquisitions and dispositions, audits, consolidations, multi jurisdiction entities and multijurisdictional public companies. Mr. Ehler also serves as CFO of SLANG.

  • Matt Fraser is President and COO at CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective (“CANarchy”) where he leads all business operations across the portfolio of craft breweries. Under his leadership, CANarchy has grown to the 8th largest craft brewery in the United States and operates 8 manufacturing locations and 16 brewpubs and taprooms. He initially joined CANarchy as CFO, with responsibility for financial reporting and analysis, forecasting and overall budget management. Mr. Fraser previously spent eight years at Lazard Frères in its Middle Market advisory group.

  • Robert (Bob) Verdun specializes in helping businesses with their go to market/growth strategies and effective ways to maximize shareholder value. He has recently been involved in dozens of M&A transactions, advising company owners on strategies for growth, acquisitions, mergers and capital raises. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Computerized Facility Integration, Mr. Verdun established partnerships with some of the leading companies in its industry and became IBM’s largest global partner for multiple product lines.

“We are very pleased to welcome four new directors with tremendous experience leading and counseling growth companies across a range of sectors. Their insights will be valuable as SLANG continues to execute on its vision of becoming the leading CPG company in the cannabis space,” said SLANG Chairman and CEO Peter Miller. “On behalf of the Company, I would also like to thank Chris McElvany, William Stocks and Olaf van Tulder for their contributions to our Board during the crucial early stages of our growth.”

All seven of the nominees listed in the Management Information Circular dated June 9, 2020 were elected as directors of the Company at its annual and special meeting of shareholders held in a virtual format on July 8, 2020. Re-elected directors include Chris Driessen, Peter Miller and Keith Stein. Messrs. Donnelly, Fraser, Stein and Verdun are all considered independent directors of the Company.

Media and Investor inquiries

Investors@SLANGworldwide.co

About SLANG Worldwide Inc.

SLANG Worldwide Inc. is a global leader in the cannabis CPG sector with a diversified portfolio of popular brands distributed across the United States. The Company specializes in acquiring and developing market-proven regional brands as well as launching innovative new brands to seize global market opportunities. SLANG is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol SLNG. For more information, please visit www.slangww.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements.” Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements, or developments in the industry to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words “expects,” “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “projects”, “potential” and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “could” or “should” occur.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management of SLANG at this time, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive risks, uncertainties and contingencies that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Applicable risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to regulatory risks, risks related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, changes in laws, resolutions and guidelines, market risks, concentration risks, operating history, competition, the risks associated with international and foreign operations and the other risks identified under the headings “Risk Factors” in SLANG’s final long form prospectus dated January 17, 2019 and “Risks and Uncertainties” in the management discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2019, as filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. SLANG is not under any obligation, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.

The Canadian Securities Exchange has not reviewed, approved or disapproved the content of this news release.

To view the source version of this press release, please visit https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/59516

Continue Reading

Trending Online

Grassnews is part of PICANTE Media and Events, a leading media and boutique event organizer in the European Union with a monthly reach of +50,000 readers. The official company (PROSHIRT SRL), has been listed for 4 years in a row among the top 3 Advertising and market research agencies in the local Top Business Romania Microcompanies based on the Financial Reports. Grassnews digests / hand picks the latest news about the CBD / Legal Cannabis industry and serves them to you daily.

Contact us: sales@picante.today

Editorial / PR Submissions

© Grassnews .com 2019 - 2020 - part of PICANTE Media. All rights reserved. Registered in Romania under Proshirt SRL, Company number: 2134306, EU VAT ID: RO21343605. Office address: Blvd. 1 Decembrie 1918 nr.5, Targu Mures, Romania