“I love that Guild gives you options,” Carrie Smith, a department manager in Indiana, said. “I was able to choose a school and a degree that matched my goals.”
Supported from day one
Associates have access to Guild education coaches who are available to help with everything from selecting the right degree and getting credit for prior college and work experience to academic counseling.
“My advisor contacted me pretty quickly after I applied,” Carrie said. “From day one, they’ve helped me through the process and answered all my questions. She’s even a great person to vent to when things get a little tough.”
Expanded education and skill-gaining opportunities
The benefits go beyond college degrees. Whether associates are just starting out or working toward executive level, Walmart will offer job-related skills training to aid in career advancement. High school diplomas and GEDs are covered for associates and eligible family members. This new program opens access to tuition discounts, financial aid assistance and education coaching across a network of more than 80 accredited, nonprofit university partners. Associates will also have access to professional development courses including college prep, leadership training and English as a second language.
“I really wanted to stay at Walmart, but make the move into IT,” said Randy Gast, a courtesy desk associate in Michigan. “Now, I’m working toward a master’s degree in information systems. I was surprised, but very pleased, that there was a discount for a master’s.”