I'm still trying to decide what to think about this:
Under a program announced Thursday, employees of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club will be able to receive college credit for performing their jobs, including such tasks as loading trucks and ringing up purchases. Workers could earn as much as 45 percent of the credits needed for an associate or bachelor's degree while on the job.
The credits are earned through the Internet-based American Public University, with headquarters in Charles Town, W.Va., and administrative offices in Manassas.
On the one hand, it looks like a bit of a scam. APU is a for-profit, online university that got offered a big account if it was willing to accept a very odd arrangement. It's hard to imagine that degrees from APU will carry much credibility after this deal. On the other hand, it's good for workers to be able to pursue educational opportunities, and if APU's other offerings are of sufficient quality, you could imagine some real learning, and even some new careers, coming out of this.
What do you think?