Prescott Valley Walmart Celebrates First Academy Graduates
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20 July 2017
 
Fifty-six graduates of the first Walmart Academy in Prescott Valley listen to the ceremony on Thursday morning July 20th, 2017 at the Prescott Valley Walmart. Video and All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Prescott Valley Walmart to Serve As Academy for Northern and Western Arizona Walmarts

PRESCOTT VALLEY- Decked out in a blue gown and cap with a yellow stole, Walmart associate Juliet Transier experienced something she didn’t think she would do again after high school-graduation. Next to an audience filled with family, friends and local dignitaries, fifty-six Walmart associates from across northern and western Arizona celebrated the first completed Walmart Academy with a graduation ceremony on Thursday morning.

“It was hard but then I learn(ed) a lot,” Transier said. “I learned something new.”

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A release sent out by Walmart states the academy is a two-week training session in order to give hourly supervisors and department managers additional retail core skills and knowledge to run their specific departments. The academy marks the 153rd out of 200 scheduled to open across the United States.

Prescott Valley Walmart #3737 Store Manager Kevin Ray said the academy is not only meant to teach the employees new skills but build their confidence.

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“They’ve come in and told me that it’s really helped them to understand their jobs and the function of their job better, and they have told me its given them the confidence in order to do that,” Ray said. “Its helped them to prioritize their day and to make it where their job is all-around easier for them.”

Currently the manager of the Prescott Valley Walmart bakery department, the company has meant a lot to Transier as Walmart provided her daughter with a scholarship.

“I love working at Walmart because it helps my family and me,” said Transier who mentioned she would not like to work for any other company.

Employed at Walmart for twenty-three years and having multiple family members working for the company, the organization has been a family career for Ray. Each day, Ray does his best to make his associates feel like they are part of his family. During graduation, Ray watched proudly as fellow Walmart associates continued their careers with the company.

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“It was almost like I was a father up there watching my kids graduate,” Ray said. “I was just so proud of everything that they have done.”

Now with the first class graduated, the program will continue serving seventeen stores across northern and western Arizona educating associates from stores in Flagstaff, Show Low, Cottonwood, Winslow, Payson, Yuma, Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, San Luis, Parker along with Prescott and Prescott Valley. It was stated in the release that the academy can serve up to ninety associates per week in an average fifteen associate class session.

“We are going to do the best job we can to make sure every associate that comes in and out of here is trained consistently and they all have all the tools they need to do their jobs well,” Ray said.

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