Newswise – The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College have been selected as educational partners for Amazon’s Career Choice Program, providing hourly Amazon employees in the center of Arkansas access to more than 180 accredited degree programs.
“I applaud Amazon’s investment in its workforce,” said UA Little Rock Chancellor Christina Drale. “This partnership reflects a recognition of UA Little Rock’s commitment to developing the right mix of academic programs that intersect with career advancement and social mobility. The result will pay dividends for Amazon, the city of Little Rock and the surrounding region for years to come.
UA Little Rock and UA – Pulaski Tech are the first higher education institutions in Arkansas to be named Career Choice Partners by Amazon, joining a select partnership of colleges and universities across the country that help Amazon employees to succeed in their careers by giving them access to comprehensive two- and four-year degree programs.
“Thanks to the generosity of Amazon and the quality higher education and training available at UA – Pulaski Tech, access to the education necessary for future success has never been greater,” said AU-PTC Chancellor Margaret Ellibee. “Having a company pay for an employee’s college education at the same time that the employee has a great job removes some of the biggest barriers to success.”
Amazon’s Career Choice program is an educational benefit that equips employees with new skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere. The program meets individual learners where they are in their educational journey through a variety of education and development opportunities, including full tuition, industry certifications designed to lead to jobs in demand and fundamental skills such as English proficiency, high school diplomas and GED. In the United States, the company 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.
Amazon’s Career Choice program has a rigorous selection process for third-party educator partners, choosing partners who are focused on helping employees through their education programs, helping them find jobs, and offering comprehensive training that leads to professional success.
“We look forward to UA Little Rock and UA – Pulaski Technical College joining us as a Career Choice Education Partner, adding to the hundreds of top-notch offers available to our employees,” said Tammy Thieman, Global Program . manager of Amazon’s Career Choice program. “We are committed to empowering our employees by giving them access to the education and training they need to advance their careers, whether at home or elsewhere. We have intentionally cultivated a network of third-party educator and employer partners committed to providing excellent education, placement resources, and continuous experience improvements. Today, more than 50,000 Amazon employees worldwide have already participated in Career Choice and we’ve seen firsthand how it can transform their lives.
For more information on Amazon’s Career Choice, visit: https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/workplace/career-choice
About University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College:
The University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College provides access to high-quality education through a college transfer program and workforce training. UA – Pulaski Tech College offers associate degree options in arts and sciences, including programs in related fields of health and human services, aerospace technology, business, culinary arts, information, technical sciences, as well as continuing education and community services. The college awards Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees to graduates of the University Transfer Program, as well as Associate of Applied Science degrees, technical certificates, and trade certificates. With tuition priced at $134 per credit hour for in-state residents, UA – Pulaski Tech offers an affordable, student-focused path to success. For more information about UA Pulaski Technical College, visit: https://uaptc.edu/amazon.
About the University of Arkansas at Little Rock:
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a metropolitan research university that provides access to quality education through flexible learning and unparalleled internship opportunities. UA Little Rock prepares more than 9,000 students to be responsible innovators and leaders in their fields. Committed to its mission as a metropolitan research university, UA Little Rock is a driving force behind Little Rock’s thriving cultural community and a major component of the city and state’s growing profile as a regional leader in research, technology transfer, economic development and job creation. UA Little Rock offers learning, research, service, social, and career opportunities that can only be found at a metropolitan university in Arkansas’ capital city. Learn more at UALR.edu. Visit UA Little Rock Admissions to learn more about training opportunities for Amazon employees.