AUSTIN (KXAN) — Amazon has added nine Texas colleges and universities to its program that offers fully funded tuition to hourly employees.
Among its new partners in the Career Choice program, Austin Community College, Texas State University and the University of Texas at Dallas.
Amazon employees are eligible for the program after 90 days of employment.
Employees will also be able to register with online training providers, such as Southern New Hampshire University, Colorado State University, and more.
“As Texans and Americans continue to recover from the pandemic, the demands are clear – employers increasingly rely on highly skilled workers and employees increasingly need valuable credentials to compete in the world. globally competitive workforce,” said Texas Higher Education Commissioner Harrison Keller. “By making this commitment to its employees through higher education, Amazon demonstrates how partnerships between employers and institutions can enable students to contribute to, participate in, and benefit from our world-class economy.”
Employees can pursue a bachelor’s degree and earn industry certifications leading to in-demand jobs.
Amazon’s partnership with Austin Community College began in 2019 and “provided pathways for hourly Amazon employees to pursue higher education with financial support,” a college spokesperson said.
The program has expanded in 2021 to include opportunities for students taking English proficiency courses, high school equivalency/GED, or a bachelor’s degree at ACC.
“I am so proud of Amazon’s commitment to investing in the future of our employees by making it easier to access higher education,” said Evan Luscher, chief operating officer at Amazon in Houston. “Amazon’s dedication to upskilling our employees and securing a future for them, whether it benefits the business or not, is truly remarkable. Initiatives like Career Choice can change the lives of some people, and I look forward to seeing how the program evolves.
There are currently 23 students enrolled in the partnership with Amazon, the ACC said. A total of 56 Amazon students/employees have participated since the partnership began.
Other Texas schools involved in the program include:
- Alamo College
- Dallas College
- Houston Community College
- Lonestar College
- Tarrant County Community College
- University of North Texas