Walmart brings education benefits under new platform

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Walmart brings education benefits under new platform

By Marianne Wilson - 03/28/2019
The largest private employer in the United States has brought its education benefits together under a new platform called “Live Better U.”

“Live Better U provides a platform that brings our suite of education benefits together to make it easier for all associates to learn about and access the options designed to help them unlock their future, stated Julie Murphy, executive VP of people, Walmart U.S. “Live Better U also references our company’s mission, underscoring that it applies to our associates, too.”

The program includes Walmart’s $1 a day college program, cost-free high school education to employees and eligible family members, discounts on higher education programs like master’s degrees, foreign language learning and much more. The benefits are all offered in partnership with education benefits platform Guild Education.

Additionally, since the educational program is part of the chain’s broader Walmart Academy development program, employees can get college credit for training they receive on the job. Hundreds of thousands of associates have already undergone skills training equivalent to more than $317 million in college credits, Walmart stated.

Since Walmart announced its partnership with Guild last year, more than 4,500 Walmart employees from all 50 states have enrolled in at least one of the programs, including more than 3,000 in degrees at University of Florida, Brandman University and Bellevue University.

“That number will continue to grow as hundreds of associates fill out interest forms every week,” said Murphy.