Amazon partners with 9 Florida colleges to provide free tuition for employees

Amazon has announced partnerships with colleges/universities across the United States, including 9 Florida schools. These partnerships will fully fund tuition and fees for employees. These nine Florida schools include Florida Online, Florida International University, the University of Central Florida, Miami Dade College, Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, Valencia College and Florida State College at Jacksonville. We first saw the news reported by Phys.org.

“By removing the barrier of cost, this partnership will give Floridians another avenue to advance their careers and prosper in a fast-growing workforce,” said Joe Glover, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Florida.

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Free college tuition for more than 700,000 employees

Amazon will also partner with GEDWorks and Smart Horizons to provide employees with free high school completion and GED preparation, Voxy EnGen and goFLUENT to provide English language proficiency training, and Outlier to provide college preparation courses.

These new partnerships are part of Amazon’s continued investment in its Career Choice program, which now offers fully-funded college tuition, allows employees to participate every year they work at Amazon, and gives them eligibility after only 90 days of employment. Through Career Choice, employees can pursue a Bachelor’s degree, earn industry certifications leading to in-demand jobs, and build skills through English language proficiency, and high school completion programs.

“Florida State College at Jacksonville is proud to partner with Amazon in their efforts to support employees’ future successes through education and training for high-demand careers,” said College President John Avendano, Ph.D. “We are honored to work alongside many local, national and global companies like Amazon to deliver accessible, affordable education that is aligned with industry demand and tailored to meet the unique learning needs of working adults.”

This initiative will provide college tuition to their more than 750,000 hourly employees.

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