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Walgreens Store Management & Associates Degree Program

Employer Name: Walgreens
Location: Chicago, IL
Job Code: 1116


Start your career path to success through this joint career advancement and educational program. Partnering with Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and Harold Washington College, Walgreens has created an exciting opportunity for Chicago’s unemployed and underemployed young adults. If you are between 18-26 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED, this is your chance to position yourself for immediate and long-term success at Walgreens, a company rooted in Chicago since 1901.


Give yourself a competitive advantage by applying to this role through Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills). Skills is a nonprofit organization that partners with organizations across the Chicagoland area to place unemployed and underemployed job seekers with employers that are committed to hiring talent through Skills.

Why utilize Skills for Chicagoland’s Future as one of your job search sources?

Skills is your advocate with the hiring company throughout the hiring process. Any job seeker who Skills determines is a match for the role is interviewed by a member of Skills’ Talent Acquisition Team and provided with additional insights into the role. Additionally, Skills is free for job seekers.


Program Overview: Walgreens Store Management & Associates Degree Program

This new opportunity is a part of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future’s recently launched “Beyond the Diploma” initiative, focused on Chicago’s young adult job seekers. Over two years, program participants will work part-time at Walgreens while also attending classes at Harold Washington College to receive their associate degree at no cost to the participant. Upon completion of the program, participants are ready for long-term success at Walgreens and will continue their career path into store management and beyond!


Working at Walgreens:

Starting as a Customer Service Associate (CSA), participants will take the first step in their career journey at Walgreens. CSAs gain valuable customer service and leadership experience, and are at the forefront of Walgreens locations as an integral part in providing a quality customer experience. As a CSA, participants learn basic inventory skills, cashiering responsibilities, merchandising functions, and much more. After achieving success as a CSA, participants will be guided into defined career paths on store manager or corporate career tracks


Attending Harold Washington College:

Harold Washington College is a City College of Chicago conveniently located in downtown Chicago. Participants will be enrolled in an associate degree program, attending 6-12 credit-hours worth of classes per semester over the two-year program. Participants will attend Harold Washington College with no out of pocket costs for the duration of the program.


The Process: I’m interested, what do I do now?

To participate, all interested individuals must apply through Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills). Skills will then guide qualified applicants through the various enrollment and application processes. If you are ready to participate in this life-changing program, click "Apply" below!


Program Success:

Program participants will receive support and resources throughout the program from mentors and guidance staff. Additionally, program participants will be interacting with each other and operating as a cohort, providing peer relationships and team building.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma/GED
  • City of Chicago resident
  • Qualified to pursue Harold Washington College’s associate degree program
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and holidays


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