Metropolitan State University of Denver has announced its participation in the Amazon Career Choice Partner Network and welcomes Amazon employees to the University community.
Career Choice is an education benefit that empowers Amazon employees to learn new skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere. The program meets individual learners where they are on their education journey through a variety of education and upskilling opportunities. Some of these opportunities are full college tuition, industry certifications designed to lead to in-demand jobs and foundational skills such as English-language proficiency.
“Amazon and MSU Denver share a commitment to provide learners, no matter where they are in their academic or professional journeys, with best-in-class support in their path to career success,” said Will Simpkins, Ed.D., vice president of Student Affairs at MSU Denver. “This partnership is an important milestone in our University’s work to bridge learners and communities, industry and academics. We are committed to providing excellent education, career–planning resources and a robust student experience, and we look forward to welcoming Career Choice participants to the Roadrunner community.”
Through the Career Choice program, Amazon employees can earn credits toward a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree. The initiative launched in 2012, and more than 50,000 Amazon employees have participated since its inception. Health care, transportation and information technology are the program’s most popular fields of study.
“We’re looking forward to MSU Denver coming on board as an education partner for Career Choice, adding to the hundreds of best-in-class offerings available to our employees,” said Tammy Thieman, global program lead of Amazon’s Career Choice program. “We’re committed to empowering our employees by providing them access to the education and training they need to grow their careers, whether that’s with us or elsewhere.
“We have intentionally cultivated a partner network of third-party educators and employers committed to providing excellent education, job-placement resources and continuous improvements to the experience. Today, over 50,000 Amazon employees around the world have already participated in Career Choice, and we’ve seen firsthand how it can transform their lives.”
Amazon provides tuition assistance in advance to remove the financial constraints of going back to school, a recent practice employers have been taking on. Participating employees also have the flexibility to study online or in person at MSU Denver or in one of the company’s Career Choice classrooms inside many of its Fulfillment Centers.
Career Choice is available to hourly full-time and part-time employees who have worked at Amazon for at least 90 continuous days. Participants from within Colorado and all bordering states are welcome to pursue their studies at MSU Denver.
To learn more about the Career Choice program, visit msudenver.edu/amazon/.