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Amazon Offers Workers Free Classes at UA Little Rock and Pulaski Tech

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Amazon is covering the full cost of tuition for employees who attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College through the company’s Career Choice program, the schools announced Monday.

The online retailer, which has been expanding in central Arkansas, has invested $1.2 billion in the program with the goal of helping more than 300,000 workers in the U.S. improve their skills and obtain higher-paying jobs. 

UA Little Rock and Pulaski Tech are the first higher education institutions in Arkansas to partner with Amazon on the program, providing access to 180 accredited degree programs.

“I applaud Amazon’s investment in its workforce,” UA Little Rock Chancellor Christina Drale said in a news release. “This partnership reflects a recognition of UA Little Rock’s commitment to developing the right mix of academic programs that intersect with career advancement and social mobility. The outcome will produce dividends for Amazon, the City of Little Rock, and the surrounding region for years to come.”

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

“Having a company pay for an employees’ college education at the same time the employee has a great job removes some of the most significant barriers to attainment,” Pulaski Tech Chancellor Margaret Ellibee said.

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