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The American Public University, Running Their Blue Light Special For Knowledge

LITTLE ROCK — Wal-Mart(WMT) announced a program Thursday in which its workers can receive college credit from the online American Public University and receive a tuition discount from the school.The company also said it will commit $50 million over three years to help workers pay for books and tuition above the reduced tuition rate. After the reduction, tuition will cost $212.50 per undergraduate credit hour and $255 for graduate credits.

 Wal-Mart Chief Administrative Officer Tom Mars said the program grew out of a larger commitment to cultivate talent within the company. The plan is open to domestic workers at Wal-mart and Sam’s Club stores.

 “We wanted to create a new way of thinking about what we call associate development,” Mars said. We are hoping to raise the education level not only of our employees but our Walmart families and community.

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