Employment and Jobs

Upskilling in the News: Amazon Expands Its Fully-Funded Education Program for Employees

March 3, 2022  • UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news.

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Amazon announced today that it has added more than 140 colleges and universities to its Career Choice program—which provides a fully funded education to participating employees—as well as new partners in high school completion and GED preparation, English language proficiency training, and college preparation courses. The announcement is part of the company’s ongoing enhancements to Career Choice, an Amazon upskilling program designed to help frontline employees grow their skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere. Career Choice allows employees to participate every year they work at Amazon, and gives them eligibility after only 90 days of employment. Employees can take classes online, in person at a local campus, or onsite at a fulfillment center-based Career Choice classroom. 750,000 hourly US employees are eligible for Career Choice, and the program has helped provide education for more than 50,000 employees since launching in 2012. Read more.

Even as the pandemic continues to impact our economy and society, we are pleased to see companies like Amazon remain committed to advancing the upskilling movement. We hope other organizations find innovative ways to promote upskilling during this challenging time.


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[email protected] recently added more than 140 colleges and universities to its free education program, plus new partners in high school completion/GED, college prep, and ESL. Employees can participate after just 90 days of employment.

“As a new @Amazon employee, I’m excited to join the Career Choice program… Now, this gives me an opportunity to better my future and learn the skills I need to open my own business and advance my career.” -Timothy Burdue

“The expansion of @Amazon’s Career Choice program and the partnerships being forged with… colleges and universities is great news for nontraditional learners seeking new paths to career success.” -Ted Mitchell @ACEducation

“Whether someone is looking to build their English proficiency skills, prepare for GED testing, or earn their… degree, we’re working to meet our employees wherever they are on their educational journey.” -Alicia Boler Davis @Amazon


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