Pueblo West Walmart to offer free community classes
Puebloans now have access to a new educational resource to learn or develop important life skills from an unexpected source – the local Walmart.
The multinational retailer recently announced that its training academy at the Walmart Supercenter in Pueblo West – one of three academies in Colorado – will soon offer free courses in professional and personal development, including personal finance, technology. , professional advancement, how to buy a house or car and disaster preparedness.
Andy Trainor, the company’s vice president of US Learning, said the effort is a way for Walmart to use its existing training facilities, which train chain employees, for the benefit of its customers.
“We use existing sites… and our facilitators to deliver specialty non-retail courses to customers,” Trainor said.
“So things like personal finance, resume writing, interview skills, how to buy a car, college admissions, things like that, that people need to know and want to know but may not have. access to education to obtain it. “
Classes, which are available now, will only start virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interested community members can register online at communityacademy.walmart.com. Most classes are currently between an hour and an hour and a half long, are led by a trainer from Walmart Academy, and take place through Zoom.
“We have over 2,000 facilitators who are experts training our associates in the skills they need to do their jobs, so we’ll use them to deliver these trainings,” Trainor said.
“This virtual training is a live course. This way (participants) can ask questions and have interactions and activities. It’s not pre-recorded. This is a live course led by the facilitators.
Although classes have already started online, Trainor said Walmart will also offer in-person classes as soon as it is safe to do so.
“With COVID, we are staying virtual with the plan for when it becomes safe, depending on local restrictions, we will also go face to face,” Trainor said.
“It will be a mixture. We will have virtual and face-to-face, but the plan is to come back face-to-face as soon as we can safely. “
Trainor said the course content will be consistent across the virtual setting, but as the company learns more from members of the local community about their educational needs and wants, Walmart will look to adjust the content. , the duration and the type of course they offer.
“We will continue to develop it as needed,” Trainor said.
To deliver the community classes, Walmart will make space available in its training academies and pay its facilitators to run the classes. Trainor said it is beneficial for Walmart to provide educational resources to the communities it serves, which could also help it recruit new employees.
“Last year the whole country went through some crazy things, so what has become evident is that there is an educational gap for the availability of education in our communities that we serve,” said Trainor.
“So it was a way for us to fill that gap to provide the skills needed for current and future roles in the community, which not only helps the community, but helps us, as we need these clients at some point. given come work for us if they would like.
“So it’s really about understanding how we are helping to bridge this educational gap that exists across the country, and then giving people the skills they need to improve their lives. “
Chieftain reporter Zach Hillstrom can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @ZachHillstrom