Education providers to Walgreens University include Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, offering a customized MBA program; University of Maryland University College; Webster University; the University of Phoenix; and DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management. Tuition discounts of 10-25 percent will be available to many Walgreens team members, and UMUC’s 25 percent discount will also be available to employee spouses and dependents. Team members will also have access to non-credit management courses offered online from Harvard Business Publishing, a subsidiary of Harvard University.

The Walgreens learning and development team led by Warren Lindley, divisional vice president, organizational design and effectiveness, built the University curriculum and system of instruction after extensive consultation with Walgreens leadership and external experts. Bruce Bryant, Walgreens senior vice president and dean of Walgreens University with more than 40 years of experience with the company, said, “We want Walgreens customers everywhere to find and experience in our stores the products and services they need to get, stay and live well. The launch of Walgreens University is a significant step toward consistent, higher quality training for our entire team at every corner of America. It also makes Walgreens a great place to work and grow professionally.”

U. S. companies increased spending on training and development 12 percent last year, the highest growth rate in eight years, according to Bersin by Deloitte, a human resources consulting firm. “If we are to attract, retain and develop the best talent, if we are to achieve the organizational agility necessary to adapt to changing markets, we need an industry-leading education and development program,” said Wilson-Thompson.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,067 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

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