Amazon is partnering with more than 140 colleges and universities –including nine in the Sunshine State — to provide fully funded college tuition to their more than 750,000 hourly employees.
In Florida, employees will have access to education from Florida International University, Hillsborough Community College, Miami Dade College, Polk State College, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, Valencia College and Florida State College at Jacksonville as well as national online education providers including Southern New Hampshire University, Colorado State University – Global, Western Governors University, and National University.
Amazon noted they will also partner with GEDWorks and Smart Horizons to provide employees with free high school completion and GED preparation, Voxy EnGen and goFLUENT to provide English language proficiency training, and Outlier to provide college preparation courses.
The new collaboration is part of Amazon’s commitment to its Career Choice program, which offers fully-funded college tuition, allows employees to participate every year they work at Amazon, and gives them eligibility after only 90 days of employment. Through the program, employees can pursue a Bachelor’s degree, earn industry certifications leading to in-demand jobs, and build skills through English language proficiency, and high school completion programs.
“CareerSource Florida commends Amazon for strengthening our workforce and communities through its Career Choice program, opening the doors to a great education for thousands of employees across the state,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard. “The CareerSource Florida network is honored to assist Amazon’s Florida facilities with recruiting, hiring and training, and we are grateful for Amazon’s focus on increased access to and equity in educational opportunities for all Floridians.”
With Career Choice, employees will be able to take classes online, in-person at a local university, or on-site in one of the over 110 Career Choice classrooms located in fulfillment centers in 37 states.
Since launching in 2012, Career Choice has provided education for more than 50,000 employees. Amazon’s Career Choice program works with more than 180 education providers across the U.S., which along with colleges and universities includes partners providing industry certifications, English language proficiency, and high school completion programs. Career Choice is one of nine free skills training and education programs that Amazon offers to its employees as part of its Upskilling pledge — a $1.2 billion commitment to upskill more than 300,000 Amazon employees by 2025.
“As an Amazon employee, I’m excited to participate in the enhanced Career Choice program,” said Francisco Ortega, Fulfillment Employee at Amazon’s Opa-locka facility. “When I heard Amazon was expanding Career Choice, I knew this would be a great opportunity for me to learn new skills and ultimately grow to the next level in my career.”