Walmart Foundation Grant Helps Community Colleges Train Displaced Workers
Phoenix, AZ (August 17, 2009) – Eight community colleges from around the country have been selected to participate in the Walmart Brighter Futures Project led by the League for Innovation in the Community College. The Walmart Foundation is providing a $3.5 million grant to fund the project, designed to help the selected community colleges work with their local and regional workforce development community to offer a variety of services and training to people who are seeking employment following a job loss.
Community colleges selected to participate in the Walmart Brighter Futures Project include:
- Central Piedmont Community College (NC)
- Cuyahoga Community College (OH)
- Lane Community College (OR)
- Miami Dade College (FL)
- Moraine Valley Community College (IL)
- Seattle Community College District (WA)
- Sinclair Community College (OH)
- St. Louis Community College (MO)
“The plans submitted by the selected community colleges include a great deal of innovation and promise to increase the capacity of these institutions to provide activities most community colleges are already involved in—helping people who have lost their jobs find new opportunities,” said Gerardo E. de los Santos, League President and CEO. De los Santos stressed that the funding from the Walmart Foundation is especially timely and welcome considering the growing number of people who have lost their jobs over the past several months.
The selected community colleges will focus on preparing workers for jobs requiring 21st century skills by providing technical training, services such as career counseling and exploration, and job acquisition skills such as job searches, resume writing, and interviewing techniques. The selected community colleges will also work together to develop a national model that will assist all community colleges in increasing their capacity to help displaced workers compete successfully for jobs requiring 21st century skills. The results of their efforts will be reported on www.league.org and through reports and presentations made at major community college conferences.
“Now more than ever, we are looking for ways to provide opportunities for those who are out of work and facing tough times,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Our recent grant to the League for Innovation in the Community College will support people across the country in their efforts to get through this difficult time as well as help assure that workers have the necessary skills for today’s jobs.”
About the League for Innovation in the Community College
The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The League for Innovation hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with more than 900 member colleges, 150 corporate partners, and a host of other government and nonprofit agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities. Information about the League for Innovation and its activities is available at www.league.org.
About Philanthropy at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on creating opportunities in education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From February 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009, Walmart – and its domestic and international foundations – gave more than $423 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
# # #
Ed. Note: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the legal trade name of the corporation. The name "Walmart," expressed as one word and without punctuation, is a trademark of the company and is used analogously to describe the company and its stores. Use the trade name when it is necessary to identify the legal entity, such as when reporting financial results, litigation or corporate governance.
Larry Warford, Project Director
League for Innovation in the Community College
(480) 705-8200, x221