Amazon will cover full tuition costs for its frontline workers to pursue degree programs at the University of Connecticut and Capital Community College.

The two Connecticut schools are among 180 education providers nationwide participating in the company's Career Choice program.

More than 750,000 hourly employees across the U.S. are eligible to have college tuition and other education and certification costs covered through the program.

In addition to funding associate and bachelor’s degrees, Amazon’s Career Choice also funds high school completion, GEDs, and ESL proficiency certifications.

"We’re committed to empowering our employees with easy access to the education and training they need to grow their careers, whether that’s with us or elsewhere," said Alicia Boler Davis, senior vice president of global customer fulfillment.

"We're thrilled today to be adding more education partners to our Career Choice program, which we hope will give our team access to the educational paths that fit their passions."

Addressing Challenges

CBIA's Chris DiPentima welcomed the expansion of Amazon's Career Choice program, calling it "another great example of a company stepping up with solutions for addressing the skills shortage and expanding career opportunities."

"Addressing our workforce challenges requires broad collaboration and cooperation across the private and public sectors," DiPentima said.

"Programs like this are part of the solution and I applaud the commitment Amazon is making."

CBIA's Chris DiPentima

"Programs like this are part of the solution and I applaud the commitment Amazon is making to workers in Connecticut and around the country.” 

The online retailer employs more than 16,000 full- and part-time employees in Connecticut.

'Game-Changer'

"We are looking forward to providing higher education opportunities to Amazon employees through our Storrs and regional campuses," said Ruth Kustoff, director of continuing and professional education at UConn.

"Capital Community College is proud to partner with Amazon to equip our students with valuable workplace credentials that lead to good paying jobs and careers in the IT field," said Capital Community College CEO Duncan Harris.

Career Choice has provided education advancement opportunities for more than 50,000 Amazon employees.

“We're confident that this relationship will be a game-changer for the residents of Hartford and the region seeking an on-ramp into the field."

Since its launch in 2012, Career Choice has provided education advancement opportunities for more than 50,000 Amazon employees.