March 29, 2019
By Matt Smith, Walmart Corporate Affairs
Many Americans face a dilemma: earn a living or get a college degree. The choice isn’t always clear.
Tracy Hutchens knew she wanted to earn a college degree. But, when she was offered a promotion to a management position while working at a Walmart distribution center in Tomah, Wisconsin, it was hard to pass up. Confronted with the chance for a career versus a degree at a traditional university accompanied with long-term student debt, Tracy chose the sure thing – the job.
“Students face it all the time – feeling overwhelmed by the student debt,” Tracy said. “If you want to be competitive in the workplace, then you have to get this degree. But then you get the burden of having all this debt.”
As an area manager at the distribution center, Tracy oversees shipping and receiving for dry goods. She likes her job and doesn’t want to sacrifice her career.