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A Matter of Degrees

Washington Monthly
Ann Kim
September 2013 Issue

Walmart, for example, announced a new work-for-credits partnership with the online American Public University (APU) in 2010 that provides its employees with college credit for work experience. Roughly 100 different positions qualify for the program, including cashiers, store managers, photo technicians, and inventory supervisors. To get the credit, full-time workers have to be on the job for at least one year, get good performance reviews, and take part in in-house trainings. Karan Powell, APU’s provost, says approximately 5,000 Walmart employees nationwide are now enrolled in the program.

Walmart employee Henry Jordan used this program to earn his bachelor’s degree in management online from APU this past summer

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