NC Central partners with Amazon for free education for workers
After working with Amazon for three months, employees of the global retail giant can now attend North Carolina Central University for free.
This week, NC Central officials announced that the school had been selected as an “educational partner” with Amazon’s Career Choices Program that allows its hourly workers to enroll in college and access to undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 140 fields and disciplines, from business administration to health sciences.
Amazon officials told NCCU executives to expect about 25 students to enroll initially, according to a press release released by the school on Monday.
Tammy Thieman, global program manager for Amazon’s Career Choice program, noted in the release that more than 80,000 Amazon employees worldwide have already participated in Career Choice, “and we’ve seen firsthand how it can transform their lives.”
NCCU is the first historically black college and university in the state selected as an Amazon Career Choice School, according to the release.
NCCU Provost David H. Jackson Jr. said in the statement that the partnership with Amazon is “a testament” to the university’s appeal and commitment to all of its college students to support, train and empower. their future career.
“Amazon could have chosen any of the state’s 11 HBCUs to launch its Career Choice program, but we’re glad they chose us,” Jackson said. “It’s clear that Amazon officials recognize that Central North Carolina University offers a flexible and unique range of academic programs coupled with opportunities for local and global engagement, leadership development, and career readiness. student careers, especially those with non-traditional backgrounds. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with Amazon.
The program, first launched in 2012, is an educational benefit that equips Amazon employees with new skills for career success within the company or elsewhere.
“The program meets individual learners where they are in their educational journey through a variety of education and development opportunities, including prepaid tuition, industry certifications designed to lead to jobs in-demand and foundational skills such as English proficiency, high school diplomas and GEDs,” the statement said.
Here in the United States, the release notes that Amazon is investing $1.2 billion to upgrade the skills of more than 300,000 employees by 2025 to help them access higher-paying, in-demand jobs.
In a nutshell, NCCU officials are thrilled.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us,” said Damon R. Wade, associate vice chancellor of NCCU enrollment management. “Any time you can serve as a preferred educational partner for a large company, you work diligently to make it happen. There are very few organizations we can partner with that can have the impact Amazon can have. We are currently planning virtual recruitment opportunities for their employees. »
Kimberly Phifer-McGhee, the university’s associate vice chancellor for extended studies and student support, said a small group of people on campus have come together to prepare for the first cohort of Amazon students. Career Choice who are expected to enroll this fall.
Phifer-McGhee added that school officials predict “a large number of Amazon employees will likely take our online courses.”
According to the school’s press release, Amazon’s Career Choice program has a “rigorous selection process for educator partners” and “chooses partners focused on helping employees through their education programs.” “, while helping them with “internships and a global education offer that leads to professional success.”
“We look forward to Central University of North Carolina joining us as a Career Choice Educational Partner, adding to the hundreds of top-notch offerings available to our employees,” Thieman said. “We are committed to empowering our employees by giving them access to the education and training they need to develop their careers, whether at home or elsewhere.”
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