Amazon employees can pursue a college degree at Wright State University through a new partnership between the retailer and Wright State.
The Amazon Career Choice program assists employees as they learn new skills to advance their careers at Amazon or elsewhere.
Under the program, Amazon will pay the tuition of full- and part-time employees who enroll in one of Wright State’s 146 undergraduate academic programs. The program supports Amazon employees who want to earn certificates, associate degrees or bachelor’s degrees.
Amazon employees still have time to enroll at Wright State and begin taking classes as early as this fall. Students can apply today at wright.edu/apply.
The partnership between Wright State and Amazon fits the university’s commitment to supporting students’ academic and career goals and helping meet the region’s workforce needs, said Wright State President Sue Edwards, Ph.D.
“Wright State University is thrilled to be selected by Amazon as a Career Choice education partner,” Edwards said. “Wright State is committed to transforming the lives of our students and the communities we serve. We are dedicated to expanding access to higher education, and we are thankful that partners such as Amazon recognize the importance of higher education in meeting their current and future workforce needs.”
The Amazon Career Choice program collaborates with institutions like Wright State that support working adults academically, assisting them with job placements and providing educational pathways that lead to career success and social mobility.
A recent study by the nonprofit think tank Third Way identified Wright State as one of the top schools in the state for economic mobility. To assess the degree of economic mobility that institutions of higher education provide, Third Way examined which schools enroll the highest proportion of students from low and moderate backgrounds and provide them with a strong return on their educational investment.
Amazon operates a delivery station in Kettering and is building a warehouse facility and fulfillment center near the Dayton International Airport. Amazon could employ more than 1,800 people in the Miami Valley when the new facilities open, which would make it one of Montgomery County’s largest private employers, the Dayton Daily News has reported.
Amazon has 13 delivery stations and 10 fulfillment and sorting centers in Ohio.
In the United States, Amazon is investing $1.2 billion to upskill more than 300,000 employees by 2025 to help move them into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.
More information about the Amazon Career Choice program at Wright State University is available at wright.edu/amazon.