As a major school-to-industry initiative, Wal-Mart is funding a new program to train up 2,000 D.C. residents for retail positions through the local community college to support the four new stores it plans to open in the area in the near future.
With an unemployment rate
over 10 percent and 34 percent of the population considered “functionally illiterate,” any employment training program that is introduced to the city of Washington D.C. should be a welcome addition. That must have been Wal-Mart’s philosophy when it announced that the company would be partnering with the city to launch a three-year, $3 million pilot program to train a new workforce of 2,000 D.C. residents. There is no doubt that Wal-Mart is hoping to gain some good will from the city through its efforts, but there are significant benefits to the residents struggling to make ends meet in the city as well.
New Training at the Local Community College
The new program introduced by Wal-Mart would provide 2,000 D.C. residents with essential retail training to help them land jobs in the industry. In the past, many retail companies have gone outside the city limits – to Maryland and Virginia – to find qualified workers to staff their stores. With this new program, more qualified applicants would be found right in the community, assisting a population with high illiteracy and unemployment rates to improve the standard of living within the city.
According to an article in the Washington Times
, the $3 million contribution by Wal-Mart would be split between the new Community College of the District of Columbia and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. The community foundation will oversee a grant program to improve computer, language
and literacy skills within the D.C. population . . . read more