Target offering educational assistance through Guild’s collection of institutions that include Wilmington University

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Starting this fall, Target will offer more than 340,000 full-time and part-time employees (team) access to free undergraduate and associate degrees, certificates, boot camp programs, textbooks, and course fees with no out-of-pocket costs required.

Target’s partnering with education and platform Guild Education to provide access to more than 250 business-aligned programs from over 40 schools, colleges, and universities. Target will also fund advanced degrees within the network of schools, paying up to $10,000 annually for master’s programs.

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Wilmington University in Delaware is a long-time member of Guild, which has been offering programs for employees of Target’s larger rival Walmart.

Target has four stores in Delaware, with the most recent opening at the Prices Corner Shopping Center west of Wilmington.

Target is investing $200 million in the program over the next four years to help eliminate student debt for employees or team members. It is part of its Target Forward commitment to promoting access to education. 

The educational benefits also serve as a recruiting tool for Target, which has made other moves, such as increasing pay for employees to $15 an hour.

Target team members will have many options, including courses for high school completion, college prep, English language learning, and select certificates, certifications, boot camps, and associate and undergraduate degrees.

Schools with Guild affiliations include the University of Arizona, Oregon State University, and historically Black colleges and universities like Morehouse College and Paul Quinn College.

For those looking to continue their education in a master’s program or other fields of study in the network of schools, Target will provide direct payments to their academic institution to reduce the burden of up-front tuition payments. Target will also pay for textbooks and course fees.

 

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