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August 17, 2009: Walmart Foundation Grant Helps Community Colleges Train Displaced Workers

May 11, 2009: Community Colleges Receive $3.5 Million From the Walmart Foundation to Train

Americans Seeking Employment

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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.

 

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Community Colleges Receive $3.5 Million
From the Walmart Foundation to Train Americans Seeking Employment

May 11, 2009 -- The League for Innovation in the Community College announced today a $3.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation designed to help Americans hit hardest by the economic downturn and provide training opportunities for those who are out of work. Eight community colleges located in areas experiencing a high rate of job loss and unemployment across the U.S. will be selected to work with their local and regional workforce development community to offer a variety of services and training to people who are seeking employment.

In their local communities, the eight colleges selected will provide training and services that will help the unemployed get back to work. The training will focus on jobs requiring 21st century skills and providing promising long-term careers for workers. In addition to specific job training, career counseling, resume writing, and interviewing techniques, other services to assist in job acquisition will be provided.

“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 will help people across the country get through these tough economic times and help assure that workers have the skills necessary for jobs that are available today.”

The chair of the League Board of Directors, Jackson Sasser, who is president of Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, expressed appreciation for the vision of the Walmart Foundation in addressing the needs of dislocated workers, and for the confidence the Foundation has placed in America’s community colleges to provide the training. “It is important that we recognize the Walmart Foundation for stepping up in these difficult economic times to provide valuable assistance to hundreds of people looking for brighter futures,” said Sasser.

The initial funding from the Walmart Foundation is for a two-year period from 2009 through 2011. Gerardo de los Santos, president and CEO of the League, is optimistic about the success of this effort. “Community colleges have proven that they have the capacity to do this work.” said de los Santos, “We are most grateful for the opportunity to provide this needed assistance to dislocated workers, and we thank the Walmart Foundation for their generous grant.”

The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with more than 800 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 and its activities is available at www.league.org.

Walmart 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.

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For more information on how this project can help your community college,

contact Larry Warford, project director and League senior workforce consultant,

at 541-913-6006 or Warford@league.org.