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Wal-Mart, Other Big Names to Offer Free GED Prep Course to EmployeesA 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.
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.
Educational Assistance Programs Lead to Career SuccessHelping low-level workers—some with no prior college background—to become managers, accountants and lawyers.
Starbucks Will Extend Tuition Benefit to a Veteran’s Family MemberStarbucks 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.
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.
Kathy Gurchiek is the associate editor at HR News. Follow her @SHRMwriter.
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