SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Western Governors University (WGU) announced it has been selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing Amazon’s hourly employees full tuition to learn new skills for career success, whether that be at Amazon or elsewhere.
“At WGU, we believe in the inherent worth of every individual and that, given the opportunity, everyone has something big to contribute,” said WGU President Scott Pulsipher. “Education is a lifelong journey, and I commend Amazon for investing in their employees’ futures. Equitable education requires meeting students where they are, and I am proud that WGU can join Amazon to help provide pathways to opportunities for its employees.”
WGU pioneered online, competency-based education, a model that allows Amazon employees in locations across the country to further their education and careers on their own timeline, no matter where they live. This approach allows students to apply their prior learning and work-based skills to coursework, enabling them to progress through what they know and spend more time learning what they don’t. WGU is committed to being the most student-centric university in the world and we remain accountable to ensuring all students have the resources to learn at their own pace and persist to graduation. Like all students at WGU, Amazon employees who enroll will be paired with a program mentor who has expertise in their chosen degree program and supports students in learning and navigating their educational journeys from enrollment through graduation.
Amazon’s Career Choice program is an education benefit that empowers 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 including full college tuition, industry certifications designed for in-demand jobs, and foundational skills such as English language proficiency, high school diplomas, and GEDs. In the U.S., the company is investing $1.2 billion to upskill more than 300,000 employees by 2025 to help move them into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.
Amazon’s Career Choice program has a rigorous selection process for third-party partner educators, choosing partners that are focused on helping employees through their education programs, assisting them with job placements, and offering education that leads to career success.
“We’re looking forward to WGU 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 first-hand how it can transform their lives.”
For more information on WGU and Amazon Career Choice visit: wgu.edu/amazon