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Wal-Mart opens training center for new managers in Airway Heights

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 17, 2017

Wal-Mart associates celebrate the end of their training program Tuesday in Airway Heights. (Photo courtesy of Wal-Mart)
Wal-Mart associates celebrate the end of their training program Tuesday in Airway Heights. (Photo courtesy of Wal-Mart)

Wal-Mart has opened a facility in Airway Heights to train entry-level managers from around the region.

The center can train up to 90 people at a time, though most of the classes will have about 15 members, said Kristen Wilkinson, senior director with the Wal-Mart U.S. Academy team.

The managers will go through two weeks of classes to prepare them for their new duties. Wal-Mart plans to open 200 of the new training centers by the end of the year, Wilkinson said.

The Airway Heights facility is a 2,500-square-foot modular building on the parking lot of the existing Wal-Mart at 1221 S. Hayford Road. It will draw trainees from Eastern Washington, Oregon and North Idaho. The first class of trainees graduated Tuesday.

Walmart also has awarded $365,000 to Washington State University for research related to recycling waste cotton through spinning techniques. The grant comes from the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

Becky Kramer

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