Amazon employees will now be able to take college classes through Ivy Tech Community College right in the workplace.
The Jeffersonville Fulfillment Center in Indiana built Ivy Tech classrooms on-site for the 2,500 employees. Nina Lindsey, an Amazon spokesperson, said the move was to help boost employee education:
It's a dedicated, on-site classroom here at our Fulfillment Center that we built for the express purposes of making it easier for our associates to go back to school.
According to Louisville Business First, Amazon has a pre-existing Career Choice program available to those who have been with the company full time for a year that will pay for 95% of an employee's tuition up to $12,000, for four years, and reimburse students for books and extra fees on the first day of classes.
It doesn't matter whether the knowledge and skills would be applicable to the employee's job with Amazon. Employees have earned degrees in fields like game design, visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, but the most common choices are computer and information technology, health sciences, and accounting.
Now, interested employees will be able to get their education right from their workplace in a space with equipped with modern classroom technology.
Ivy Tech serves almost 200,000 students per year in 32 locations throughout the state of Indiana. An associate's degree or other certification costs about $3,995 per year, meaning that the Career Choice program could almost certainly cover an education with the institution. With its plan Focus on Student Success 2025, the college aligns itself with national goals to give 60% of working adults a post-secondary degree by 2025.
Ivy Tech's website says:
Building on the College's good work, the foundation of a Balanced Scorecard model, and the tenants of Jim COllin's 2005 monograph Good to Great and the Social Sectors, the revised Focus on Student Succcess 2025 plan focuses on four strategies– Ensuring students meet their educational objectives; Ensuring a sustainable financial resource base; Ensuring processes are of optimal quality, efficiency, and effectiveness; Ensuring human, space, and physical resources are sustained.
Ivy Tech's Chancellor Dr. Rita Hudson Shourds, touted the benefits of the Amazon/Ivy Tech partnership:
They don't have to leave the building and they don't have to come to campus to have this perfect environment with up-to-date IT, all the amenities they would have here on campus.
According to WDRB News, the first classes offered will be Logistics and Information Technology and Medical Billing and Coding. Amazon and Ivy Tech worked together to identify the most in-demand career skills based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Pamela Sharp, a grandmother and Amazon employee of three years, said:
It is wonderful to be able to have our schedule adjusted where we can just come into the classroom from work. We do not have to worry about the traffic, commuting back and forth.
The classroom's glass walls are designed to inspire other employees to join the program, writes Samantha Chatman of WDRB.
Interested parties can visit Amazon's Career Choice programâs page for more information.