Amazon announced today that the company will pay its employees’ full tuition for more than 40 bachelor’s and associate degree programs offered by NU, the flagship institution of San Diego-based National University System, which comprises three universities serving more than 45,000 students.
Amazon says its Career Choice program is an education benefit designed to empower employees. The program meets individual learners where they are on their education journey, providing full college tuition, industry certifications designed to lead to in-demand jobs and foundational skills like English language proficiency, high school diplomas and GEDs.
Amazon is investing $1.2 billion to “upskill” hundreds of thousands of their U.S. employees by 2025 to help move the workers into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.
“We have a profound opportunity to provide working adults with educational experiences that help them excel in their current roles while building the skills and credentials they need to pursue their long-term career aspirations,” said Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, chancellor of the National University System.
“This new collaboration with Amazon Career Choice will enable us to unlock the benefits of college access and completion for more working adults throughout the United States, creating pathways to long-term social and economic mobility,” Dr. Cunningham added.
In joining the Career Choice program, NU brings expertise in developing workforce-relevant degrees and credentials designed specifically for working adults.
NU will provide Amazon employees throughout the U.S. with online courses and some onsite classes at Amazon fulfillment centers, with tuition fully funded through the company’s assistance program.