Boston, MASS and Bentonville, ARK, January 18, 2017 — Walmart has expanded its partnership with Cengage, an education and technology company, to offer all associates and their benefits-eligible family members the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates. Offered through Walmart’s Lifelong Learning program, Career Online High School (COHS) is designed to reengage adults in education and is free for Walmart associates and eligible family beginning on the first day of their employment. To date, 200 associates have received their high school diploma through COHS, while another 400 are currently enrolled.
“Walmart was the first retailer to provide Career Online High School to employees and is continuing to lead by expanding the program to family members,” said Jonathan Lau, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Skills Group, Cengage. “Providing free access to the program for eligible family members of associates is a testament to the success and impact the COHS program has had and to their commitment to workforce development.”
“Walmart believes education opens doors,” said Brian Poland, Director of Walmart Lifelong Learning & Talent Development. “Career Online High School allows associates to create additional opportunities while working at Walmart, and we’re excited to provide these educational offerings to their eligible family members as well.”
Walmart’s Lifelong Learning program provides associates access to no-cost or low-cost education programs including ESL, high school, career certificates, and the most comprehensive college credit for prior learning program in the country. The COHS program is part of Walmart’s overall upskilling strategy that integrates training, education, and workforce development efforts to create opportunity for associates and their families.
In addition to an accredited high school diploma, program graduates earn a credentialed career certificate in one of eight career fields (across a wide spectrum, from retail and customer service to certified transportation), further positioning them for success in the workforce.
Students have up to 18 months to complete their courses and may be able to complete the program in under a year by transferring previously earned high school credits. Once enrolled, the Walmart Lifelong Learning COHS program pairs each student with an academic coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform.
COHS was created in 2012 by ed2go, a Cengage company, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas. Smart Horizons has full academic accreditation through the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the same commission that represents 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the U.S. and in 65 countries worldwide.
Walmart associates can learn more at WalmartOne.
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA with an office hub in San Francisco. Employees reside in nearly 40 countries with sales in more than 125 countries around the world. Visit us at http://www.cengage.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
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