Walmart Brighter Futures 3.0

The League for Innovation in the Community College continues 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, focuses 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 will bring to scale 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 expands the footprint of the credential to additional states and metropolitan areas.
  • Metrics: 1,200 incumbent workers will be enrolled in courses leading to credentials in retail management; 1,140 (95 percent) will achieve a credential in retail management.
  • 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

Past Walmart Brighter Futures Projects

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