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A-State Joins Program Offering Free Classes to Amazon Workers

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Arkansas State University announced that it has joined the Amazon Career Choice program, which offers Amazon workers free classes at hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

A-State’s partnership with the company begins in the summer 2023 semester. Participants will have access to more than 100 online degree programs at the university in Jonesboro.

In addition to tuition, Career Choice covers the cost of books and fees and helps workers obtain industry certifications, high school diplomas, GEDs, and sharpen foundational skills such as English proficiency.

In March 2022, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Pulaski Technical College became the first higher learning institutions in Arkansas to join the program.

A-State said it joined the program after a growing number of Amazon employees asked to enroll in the school’s degree programs.

“It says a lot about A-State Online’s reputation that the employees of Amazon were asking for local Arkansas programs when they were talking to the Amazon Career Choice advisors,” Todd Shields, chancellor of A-State, said in a news release. “We are proud to become educational partners of Amazon’s Career Choice program, and delighted to welcome these new students to A-State Online.”

Amazon said it’s investing $1.2 billion in the Career Choice program to upskill more than 300,000 U.S. employees by 2025.

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