Walgreens University Opens Doors to Opportunity on Friday

  Walgreens University Opens Doors to Opportunity on Friday

    Company to double investment in training for its 240,000 team members

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- February 21, 2013

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.”

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

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


Jim Graham, 847-315-2925
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