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Walmart Training Academy opens to the public 19 Jan 2017

By Linda Waggener

The first Walmart Training Academy opens to the public and celebrates its first graduating class on at 8amCT, Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Columbia Walmart, 2988 Burkesville Road. Columbia, KY.

The Columbia location will be training approximately 90 Kentucky Walmart employees per week, and was selected, according to local Walmart leaders, because of its central location in the Kentucky Walmart "market", its parkway convenience and the fact that "it's just a really good store."

Columbia is one of 200 Training Academies scheduled to open across the USA by the end of 2017. Walmart Training Academies are a dedicated facility where the company's front-line supervisors will receive hands-on training that combines the classroom and the sales floor.

The training will help department managers and hourly supervisors gain both core retail skills and the skills and knowledge to run their specific department. The Academies are part of Walmart's $2.7 billion commitment to its associates.

In addition to the first graduates and Walmart leadership at the January 19 celebration will be representatives from Lindsey Wilson College, Adair County 911, and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Columbia's Walmart store employs around 225 people and is open 24 hours a day seven days a week.

This story was posted on 2017-01-12 07:10:40
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2017-01-12 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
This is a picture of New Columbia, a term being used for the developments along the newest exit from the LBN Cumberland Parkway. In announcing the newest development there, the Walmart Training Academy at 2988 Burkesville Road, it seems a good time to view the store and all that has been added since it opened 11 years ago. This photo is a view from the home of Kenneth and Ernestine Bennett looking at the Parkway exits, right to Somerset and left to Bowling Green, and the developments around them. Notable landmarks on the left side of Burkesville Road include: Miss Vicky's Pampered Angus Ranch, Pinewood Shopping Center under construction, the original Walker family home, and John and Fay Blakey's store. Across Burkesville Road on the right side of the photo are Bluegrass Cellular, the newly opened Sleep Inn, Goodwill, the new Franklin appliance building under construction, Burger King, Five Star and Hardees, all surrounding the entrance to Columbia's large Walmart store with its training center addition built on the back side. At far right is the Columbia/Adair County Utilities million gallon water tower and the LBN Cumberland Parkway heading east toward Columbia's first parkway exit at the KSP Post 15 location. The Columbia Walmart Training Academy will enhance the local economy by bringing approximately 90 Kentucky Walmart employees here each week for the five-day training sessions. Click 'Read More' to connect to the story. - Linda Waggener

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