Amazon announced today several partnerships with institutes of higher learning in New Jersey to cover tuition costs for front-line employees.
These partnerships are part of Amazon’s initiative to expand career advancement opportunities it offers its 750,000 hourly employees in the U.S. by partnering with more than 140 national and local universities to provide fully-funded college tuition. The announcement is part of the company’s ongoing enhancements to Career Choice—an Amazon $1.2 billion upskilling program designed to help 300,000 frontline employees grow their skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere.
In New Jersey, front-line employees will have access to:
“New Jersey’s Community Colleges are excited to partner with Amazon to assist their employees to gain new skills and to earn credentials and degrees relevant to the state’s economy, said Dr. Aaron Fichtner, President of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. “New Jersey’s Community Colleges are deeply rooted in their local communities and will provide Amazon employees with a high-quality foundation that will prepare them for further education and a successful career in a wide variety of fields.”
“We at Rowan University are excited about the unlimited potential that the Amazon Career Choice Program offers its employees regarding higher education,” said Dr. Jefferey Hand, Senior Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Management for Rowan University. “The partnership between Amazon and Rowan University represents the next evolution in providing affordable educational opportunities and delivering new degree pathways for Amazon employees. We look forward to serving the Amazon community with a variety of degree programs designed and delivered in formats to fit the needs of adult learners.”
“Newark and our region are just brimming with diverse talent and the key to cultivating that talent is creating opportunity,” said Dr. Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University – Newark. “That’s what Rutgers-Newark has always been about and that’s why we’re thrilled to be a part of the coalition of colleges and universities across New Jersey partnering with Amazon on their Career Choice program. It’s creating opportunity by making a college education not only accessible, but affordable.”
“Empowering our frontline employees with educational resources and opportunities like this is exactly what we mean when we say we’re striving to be Earth’s Best Employer,” said Colin Newman, Amazon Public Policy Director for New Jersey. “Amazon is very proud to be partnering with community colleges across New Jersey, Rowan, and Rutgers-Newark to cover the costs of higher education, further training, and more. And this is just the start – we are looking forward to partnering with more Garden State schools in the months ahead.”
These new partnerships are part of Amazon’s continued investment in its Career Choice program, which now 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 Career Choice, 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.
With Career Choice, Amazon works to make it easy for employees to advance their education—even building classrooms on-site in many of its buildings. Employees can 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 helped provide education for more than 50,000 employees. As of this announcement, Amazon’s Career Choice 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 2025 pledge.
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