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Target offering debt-free degrees to team members


Target is looking to help its team members with their educational aspirations.

The Minneapolis-based retailer announced that it will offer its more than 340,000 part-time and full-time frontline team members access to a debt-free education assistance program.

Those employed at the retailer’s U.S.-based stores, distribution centers and headquarters will be eligible for debt-free assistance for select undergraduate degrees, certificates, certifications, free textbooks and more with no out-of-pocket costs on their first day of work at the retailer.

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In addition, the retailer shared that it will be partnering with Guild Education to provide access to more than 250 business-aligned programs from more than 40 schools, colleges and universities, as well as pay up to $10,000 annually for master’s programs.

“Target employs team members at every life stage and helps our team learn, develop and build their skills, whether they’re with us for a year or a career. A significant number of our hourly team members build their careers at Target, and we know many would like to pursue additional education opportunities. We don’t want the cost to be a barrier for anyone, and that’s where Target can step in to make education accessible for everyone,” Melissa Kremer, chief human resources officer at Target said. “Our team members are the heart of Target's strategy and success, and we have a long history of investing in industry-leading pay, extensive benefits and career opportunities to help our team thrive and have rewarding careers at Target.”

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