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Walmart To Fully Cover Tuition And Book Fees For U.S. Employees

The country’s largest retailer and largest private employer is taking a stand for education on behalf of its employees. According to CNN, Walmart has announced that it plans to pay for full college tuition and book fees at some schools for its U.S. employees. Thus, making this the boldest effort from the retailer as of late to improve its benefit packages and attract new workers in America’s already tight job market. Starting on Aug. 16, Walmart says it will remove the $1 a day fee for associates, making all educational programs paid for by Walmart, according to its announcement. Meaning, approximately 1.5 million U.S.-based Walmart and Sam’s Club workers will be able to earn a college degree or learn trade skills without the hassle of student debt. “We are creating a path of opportunity for our associates to grow their careers at Walmart, so they can continue to build better lives for themselves and their families,” Lorraine Stomski — senior vice president of learning and...

Njera Perkins

Jul 28, 2021

How The Home Depot Provides The Tools To Build A Technology Career

Atlanta has become one of the fastest-growing startup scenes in the country. According to a report by the CBRE Group , the city has one of the most competitive tech markets in the country and is ranked in the Top 10 Tech cities list. Founders from around the country are bringing their ideas to the burgeoning technology scene for a chance to be the next Jeff Bezos or Steve Jobs. The city is also home to the $100 billion home improvement retailer, The Home Depot. The brand and its internal technology team are blazing a trail into the technology field one hire at a time. In 2018, the company kicked off a three-year strategic plan with an $11.1 billion investment in the company. The plan includes seamlessly connecting the customer experience in-store and online, creating an industry-best supply chain, and speeding up the checkout process for customers. An internal and external upgrade in technology was needed for the company to meet these goals. As part of the initiative, the company...


Oct 2, 2019

How Working In A $100 Billion Retailer Gives Entrepreneurial Vibes

Tia Likely, technology director at The Home Depot, talks about her experience working in tech Building from the ground-up is an experience that The Home Depot likes to offer both its customers and associates alike. As the world’s largest home improvement retailer, The Home Depot provides its associates a wide range of skills to excel in their field of work, especially in the field of technology. Although the company is a $100 billion retailer with multiple offices in Atlanta, technology centers in Austin and Dallas, and other locations around the country, there are projects executed that give associates more responsibility, which can instill a sense of ownership and the opportunity to contribute firsthand to the corporation’s growth. These are the vibes that employees seeking technology positions likely receive from a startup, but it happens within the walls of The Home Depot. Tia Likely, technology director of customer and loyalty, spoke with AfroTech about how working in...


Sep 27, 2019