UHD Announces Partnership With Amazon
Cost-Free Education For Amazon Employees
By Laura Wagner
UHD is partnering with Amazon in its Career Choice program, which offers qualifying Amazon employees access to a college education—for free.
According to Amazon, Career Choice is an education benefit that empowers Amazon’s operations employees to learn new skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere. Amazon covers the cost of a variety of education and upskilling opportunities, including full college tuition, industry certifications designed to lead to in-demand jobs, and foundational skills such as English language proficiency, high school diplomas, and GEDs.
The company is investing $1.2 billion in the U.S. to upskill more than 300,000 Amazon employees by 2025 to help move them into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.
UHD’s broad range of undergraduate degree programs are available for Career Choice participants. The program is popular among adult learners and First Time in College (FTIC) students, which makes UHD an ideal collaborator with Amazon. The company purposely selects partner universities and colleges that understand the adult learner and offer support services that range from selecting the right program to getting academic help to ultimately achieving career placement.
“We’re excited to support students who want to participate in this outstanding opportunity,” said Dr. Michelle Moosally, UHD’s Associate Vice President of Planning & Curriculum. “Amazon reports that more than half of the Career Choice participants identify as Black, Hispanic, or Native American. As a federally designated Hispanic- and Minority-Serving Institution, UHD is well-qualified to provide a successful student experience for this diverse Amazon employee population.”
The program is available to Amazon hourly employees who have been employed for 90 days. Employees have access to annual funds for education as long as they remain at the company, with no limit to the number of years they can benefit. For more information, qualified Amazon employees can create an account at the Amazon Career Choice website.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.