Amazon partners with MCCCD to fully fund tuition for hourly employees - AZEdNews
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Amazon partners with MCCCD to fully fund tuition for hourly employees

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Amazon Gives Students A Behind-the-scenes Look At Their Operations. Photo Courtesy Amazon

Amazon announced its partnership with the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), as part of its Career Choice network, one of Amazon’s upskilling programs, to provide fully funded college tuition to their more than 750,000 hourly employees.

“As a long-standing partner of Amazon and the Career Choice program, we are excited to see this program expand to make more educational pathways accessible to Amazon associates” said MCCCD Interim Chancellor, Dr. Steven R. Gonzales. “Employers like Amazon making an investment in their employees’ education is a critical component of driving educational attainment in our state.”

With Career Choice, Amazon works to make it easy for employees to advance their education. Since launching in 2012, Career Choice has helped provide education for more than 50,000 employees. 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.

MCCCD became an official Amazon partner in 2014, and has successfully offered more than 20 training cohorts to Amazon associates including Accounting, Computer Support Specialist, and HVAC Technician. Employees have the option to take classes online, in-person at one of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges, or onsite at Amazon.

“We’re committed to empowering our employees with easy access to the education and training they need to grow their careers, whether that’s with us or elsewhere,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Senior Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. “We’re thrilled today to be adding more education partners to our Career Choice program, which we hope will give our team access to the educational paths that fit their passions. Whether someone is looking to build their English proficiency skills, prepare for GED testing, or earn their Bachelor’s degree, we’re working to meet our employees wherever they are on their educational journey.”