Guild research found that its students enrolled in employer programs similar to Lowe’s are twice as likely as the average employee to receive a promotion or new role.

“At Lowe’s, we believe that greater access to education leads to more opportunity, and our success is closely tied to the success of our associates and their ability to continually learn,” said Janice Dupré, Vice President Lowe’s human resources executive. “We actively listen to our associates to identify how we can help them in the many facets of their lives. This debt-free education offering is one of the many ways we work to help our associates reach their career potential while overturning the traditional obstacles that often make it difficult to obtain a degree.”

Lowe’s new education program offers debt-free tuition assistance to associates seeking undergraduate certificates or degrees, or enrolling in graduate English language learning programs. high school or college prep. Study Allowance is designed for busy working adults. Programs include flexible lessons that accommodate different schedules, fully covered textbooks and course fees, and one-on-one support from Guild coaches. Lowe’s will continue to provide direct payments of up to $2,500 per year in tuition assistance for more than 165 additional academic programs serving Associates to reduce the burden of costly upfront tuition.

Lowe’s is committed to creating pathways for more people to access higher education while strengthening its pool of associates of all backgrounds and experiences. Academic partners of the Guild program include the University of Arizona – an institution serving Hispanics – and HBCUs such as Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T State University and Paul Quinn College.

For 20 years, Lowe’s has partnered with top scholarship organizations to help students succeed. Recently, Lowe’s announced a $9 million investment in some schools and scholarship programs to provide traditionally underserved students with greater access to higher education and pathways to future employment at Lowe’s.

“With the ongoing war for talent, investing in people is more critical than ever,” said Rachel Carlson, CEO and co-founder of Guild. “By providing debt-free education and training, Lowe’s extends its long-term, strategic commitment to providing the career paths, skills and support every worker needs to open the doors to their dreams.”

Additionally, Lowe’s offers a long-standing tuition reimbursement program, which reimburses associates for up to $2,500 annually in educational expenditure. Lowe’s also continues to offer Track to the Trades, a company-funded pre-apprenticeship certificate program to help up to 4,000 part-time and full-time associates pursue careers in the skilled trades each year. Lowe’s covers 100% of tuition for Track to the Trade degrees in HVAC, Solar, Commercial HVAC, Appliance Repair, Multifamily Facilities Management, Electrical, and Plumbing. This program supports Lowe’s commitment to building a future generation of skilled trades professionals through Generation T movement.

Kelly Penningtonplanning and personnel administrator at the Lowe’s store in Madison, TNpursuing a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science through online courses with Wilmington University. Her learning experience inspired her to encourage others to enroll in Lowe’s education programs.

“When I hit my 20s at Lowe’s, I thought, ‘I think it’s time to venture out and go in another direction.’ But as I continue to learn throughout schooling, I could actually take that and apply it more with Lowe’s,” Pennington said. “Being involved in the position I’m in now, I can actually promote schooling to other associates. A lot of times when I mention I’m going back to school and Lowe’s is paying for it, they’re like, ‘Really ?’ You kind of see them light up.”

To learn more about Lowe’s debt reduction program, visit lowes.guildeducation.com.

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company that processes approximately 19 million customer transactions per week in United States and Canada. With a turnover of more than $96 billion, Lowe’s and its related companies operate or service nearly 2,200 hardware and hardware stores and employ more than 300,000 associates. Situated at Mooresville, North Carolina, Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and training the next generation of skilled trades experts. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

About the guild

Guild is a social impact company that enables working Americans to unlock life-changing opportunities for personal and professional advancement through education, skills development, and coaching. As a certified B-Corp founded to bridge the gap between education and employment for working adults in the United States who need upskilling for the future of work, the leading technology platform of Guild enables the nation’s largest employers, including Walmart, Chipotle, Discover Financial Services, hilton, Macy’s, Target and The Walt Disney Company — to provide strategic training and skills to their employees. Guild connects workers to a learning marketplace of the nation’s best learning partners for working adults with company-paid tuition. Guild’s Payments and Technology Platform, Organized Learning Marketplace, and Advanced Education and Career Services Unite to Help Working Adult Learners Advance in Education and Career, Debt-Free . For more information, visit https://www.guildeducation.com/.

Media Contact: Steve Salazar
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
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