Target to provide educational aid through the Guild’s collection of institutions, including Wilmington University

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

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

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Wilmington University in Delaware is a long-time member of Guild, which offers programs to employees of Target’s biggest rival, Walmart.

Target has four stores in Delaware, the most recent of which was opened at the Price Corner Mall, west of Wilmington.

Target is investing $ 200 million in the program over the next four years to help eliminate student debt from employees or team members. This is part of his Target forward commitment to promote access to education.

The educational benefits also serve as a recruiting tool for Target, which has taken other steps, such as increasing employee wages to $ 15 an hour.

Target team members will have many options including courses for high school completion, college preparation, learning English and some certificates, certifications, boot camps and diplomas associates and undergraduate.

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

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

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