Our training and leadership development programs prepare employees for every level of advancement. From our stores and distribution centers to our corporate offices, we offer a variety of learning paths, including online courses, instructor-led classroom training, experiential learning, lectures and peer mentoring.
Our strategic investment in our employees continued throughout 2010. Our primary focus areas were store leadership development, solutions-selling readiness and professional skills development. We believe this focus enhances our ability to serve our customers while creating employees who are lifelong learners.
We remained dedicated to developing well-rounded leaders by delivering a leadership-focused training program to Lowe's future store managers. We continue to develop current store leadership in support of Lowe's business. We helped more than 3,500 store managers and sales managers transition to solutions selling through targeted sales training. Throughout the year, we continued to strengthen our professional skills development instruction and provided career management education and direction to Lowe's employees.
For employees wishing to develop their skills in a formal academic setting, Lowe's continues to partner with three universities — Kaplan University, Capella University and Strayer University — that offer a discounted tuition rate for all Lowe's employees. Full-time employees with one year of service may use the discounted rate in conjunction with Lowe's tuition reimbursement program, which is available for any accredited college or university course leading to a degree.