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Amazon last week joined Walmart and Target in offering free college as a benefit to its 750,000 front-line employees in the U.S. Like its fellow retail giants, Amazon views college benefits as a crucial hiring and retention tool.
Advocates argue that the delivery method’s flexibility is good for working students, and that the focus on mastering skills is attractive to employers. They’ve remained mostly boutique offerings until now, but that may be about to change.