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    Kroger Helps Its Own Earn Degrees

    Grocer teams with Excelsior College to provide higher education to employees, spouses

    The Kroger Co. has formed a partnership with Albany, N.Y.-based Excelsior College to allow Kroger general office employees and their spouses to pursue higher education degrees at reduced tuition rates.

    “Degree attainment is one of the single largest factors to professional development and career advancement and the reason why so many companies are placing a renewed focus on offering their employees a path toward higher education,” said Dr. John F. Ebersole, Excelsior College president. “Kroger understands that a stronger, more educated workforce makes for a stronger company. Excelsior College looks forward to the first wave of Kroger degree seekers.”

    Excelsior College is a private, nonprofit, regionally accredited distance learning institution in celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Kroger employees will be able to enroll in associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs within any of Excelsior College’s four schools: Liberal Arts, Business and Technology, Health Sciences and Nursing.

    Cincinnati-based Kroger serves customers in 2,439 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 31 states. In total, an estimated 4,500 general office employees will have access to the educational benefit program.

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