Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) tomorrow will launch Walgreens University, with a goal to lead its industry in classroom and online programming that engages, educates and develops team members for rewarding long-term careers.
Following a ribbon-cutting led by Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO, and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, chief human resources officer, team members Friday will celebrate the opening of a new university campus at 6 Parkway North in Deerfield, Ill. The building, with technology-enhanced classrooms, a mock-drugstore and video-conferencing capabilities, will be the base of operations for employee educational programs offered online and in regional locations nationwide.
“Walgreens University is not solely a building, but a national program with national access and offerings for team members at every level of the company,” Wilson-Thompson said. “We hope every one of our 240,000 team members will find ways to grow their careers and improve themselves through the educational opportunities that Walgreens University will expand or introduce.”
With the opening of Walgreens University, the company is doubling its annual investment in employee education and development, and plans to double the number of learning opportunities for team members through expanded online classes, regional training sessions and in Deerfield campus classrooms. More than 100 courses will be available through one of the few corporate training programs to offer college credit for certain classes, including pharmacy technician training and management and retail fundamentals.
“To meet our company goals, we need a workforce that learns and grows every day through opportunities available when, where and how each individual needs it,” said Wilson-Thompson. “We aim to be the best in our industry for employee education and training, and among the best of all major American corporations. For Walgreens to compete effectively and expand our business, our team members need to continuously grow new skills and capabilities throughout their careers with us.”