In Focus: Companies Ratchet Up Education Benefits

Nov 12, 2015

Wal-Mart, Other Big Names to Offer Free GED Prep Course to Employees

A group of name-brand retailers and fast-food restaurant chains that include Wal-Mart, KFC, Taco Bell and Southeastern Grocers will offer employees free GED preparation and testing, according to the Washington Post. The move is designed to gain access to a potentially large pool of workers who lack a high school diploma and could benefit from getting has high school diploma equivalency certificate.

(HR Dive)

3 of the Best Jobs that Pay for Your College Education

Free college may sound too good to be true, but it’s a reality for workers at a small but growing number of companies. These forward-thinking businesses are offering generous and flexible programs to workers that allow them to earn a degree while keeping their current jobs.

(Cheat Sheet)

Educational Assistance Programs Lead to Career Success

Helping low-level workers—some with no prior college background—to become managers, accountants and lawyers.

(SHRM Online)

Starbucks Will Extend Tuition Benefit to a Veteran’s Family Member

Starbucks grabbed headlines last summer when it announced it would offer full tuition to employees who work toward an online undergraduate degree from Arizona State University. Now, if an employee is a veteran or an active-duty member of the military, Starbucks will extend the free tuition to a spouse or one of the employee's children.

(Washington Post)

Best Employer Graduate Tuition Reimbursement Programs

With college tuition costs rising yearly, more employers today are offering education assistance to their employees. Some companies completely cover the cost of college education, such as Exxon Mobil, Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler. Graduate education is included in many corporate and government benefit plans, which defray tuition costs to encourage pursuit of a master’s degree, MBA or Ph.D.

(Washington Post)

Kathy Gurchiek is the associate editor at HR News. Follow her @SHRMwriter.

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