Walmart Brighter Futures 3.0

The League for Innovation in the Community College continued its long history of leading workforce development initiatives with the third iteration of the Walmart Brighter Futures project. Walmart Brighter Futures 3.0 (2016-2019), funded through a Walmart Foundation grant, focused on career mobility for incumbent retail workers, specifically by providing the core skills and knowledge to move into management and leadership roles in the retail industry.

Walmart Brighter Futures 3.0 Project Best Practices Guide


  • Scope: Walmart Brighter Futures 3.0 further scaled the Retail Management Certificate (RMC) developed by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC). Prior to this project, the RMC was offered in 14 states. This project expanded the footprint of the credential to seven additional states and metropolitan areas.
  • Metrics: Over 1,500 incumbent workers were enrolled in courses leading to credentials in retail management; more than 550 of the enrollees will have earned the Retail Management Certificate by December 2019.  
  • Participating Colleges: Alexandria Technical & Community College (MN); Anne Arundel Community College (MD); Austin Community College (TX); Central New Mexico Community College (NM); College of Lake County (IL); Milwaukee Area Technical College (WI); Moraine Valley Community College (IL); Nashville State Community College (TN); San Jacinto College (TX); Sinclair Community College (OH); Umpqua Community College (OR); Wayne County Community College District (MI)
  • Funding: $2,997,453


The following outcomes illustrate the power of industry working with community and technical colleges to meet the training needs of America’s workforce:

  • Number of incumbent workers served: 2,293 (target 2,000)
  • Number of incumbent workers enrolled in program: 1,725 (target 1,200)
  • Number of incumbent workers completing one mini-credential: 1,190 (target 1,140)
  • Number of incumbent workers completing RMC: 377/July 2019 actual; 556/December 2019 projection; 657/June 2020 projection (target 600)
  • Number of new highly engaged employers: 51 (target 48)

Past Walmart Brighter Futures Projects

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