WSU Everett selected by Amazon as an education partner for Career Choice Program

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EVERETT, WA — Washington State University Everett announced they have been selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing Amazon’s hourly employees with access to high-demand degrees and undergraduate courses in business, data analytics, cybersecurity, communications, engineering, and organic agriculture.

“Being selected as an Amazon Career Choice education partner is an exciting and progressive way for WSU Everett to serve North Puget Sound,” said Paul Pitre, chancellor of the newest campus in the WSU System. “This partnership will provide our community with even greater access to high-quality education and training, enabling individuals to gain the skills they need to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving workforce. By working together, we can help build a stronger, more resilient community that is better equipped to meet the demands of the future.”

WSU Everett is a student- and community-centered campus located in the seventh-largest city in Washington State. The state-of-the-art building opened in 2017, expanding access to higher education for the North Puget Sound region to create a critical mass of talented, skilled professionals to support enhanced economic development and prosperity. The growing campus offers world-class WSU academics aligned with local industry partners and builds programs specifically to develop career and citizen-ready professionals.

Amazon’s Career Choice program is an educational 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 pre-paid college tuition, industry certifications designed to lead to 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 overall offering education that leads to career success.

“We’re looking forward to Washington State University Everett 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 created 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 130,000 Amazon employees around the world have participated in Career Choice, and we’ve seen first-hand how it can transform their lives.”

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