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Walgreens, SNHU to provide veterans with career, educational opportunities

BY DSN STAFF

Walgreens is looking to provide career and educational opportunities to veterans via a newly announced partnership with Southern New Hampshire University, or SNHU.

Together the two companies launched a new initiative, Walgreens Helping Veterans with Educational and Retail Opportunities, or HERO, that aims to help 5,000 U.S. veterans over the next five years.

Through the program, the Deerfield, Ill.-based retailer will hire veterans into store leadership roles with opportunities to advance. In addition, SNHU will be providing participating veterans the option to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a discount.

“Our stores are the front lines of engagement with our customers and offer the best environment to learn our business as a pharmacy and retailer. Once in a store leadership role, veterans can have an opportunity to advance into other field management and corporate leadership positions,” Jeff Koziel, Walgreens senior vice president of operations, said. “In addition to full-time employment, this can lead to a successful and fulfilling career supporting Walgreens purpose to champion the health and well-being of every community in America.”

Veterans are to be hired into such leadership roles as shift leads and assistant managers, with the goal of becoming a Walgreen store manager. New hires also are to participate in a program to develop the leadership and decision-making skills necessary to run a store, the company said.

“At SNHU, we understand the unique needs of veterans as they work toward a college degree and transition into civilian life,” Paul LeBlanc, university president and CEO of SNHU, said. “We are proud to be working with Walgreens to provide veterans with more than just a job. Through this new initiative, veterans will be able to tap into their military experience to lead teams at Walgreens, develop workforce-relevant skills through higher education, and put themselves on a path to a meaningful career post-military.”

Further information on the program can be found on Walgreens’ website.

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