Amazon offers tuition to hourly employees who enroll at LaGuardia Community College – QNS.com

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Amazon scrapped plans to build its massive HQ2 campus in Long Island City just over three years ago, but the e-commerce giant and its relationship with LaGuardia Community College endure.

LaGuardia is part of a new partnership between CUNY and Amazon that allows the company’s hourly employees to attend college to expand their career opportunities. By Amazon Career Choices Programthe company began providing an annual benefit covering tuition and some fees for all qualified hourly employees enrolled in an associate’s degree program at LaGuardia Community College.

“LaGuardia is ready to help hourly Amazon employees earn college degrees,” said LaGuardia Community College President Kenneth Adams. “Employees who enroll at LaGuardia will have the choice of numerous on-campus and online courses to fit their work schedules and will have access to our strong counseling teams, library services, tutoring centers and programs. supports that help students cross the finish line. Our gratitude to Amazon for including LaGuardia in this promising partnership, which will benefit both Amazon employees and their families.

Through this collaboration, New York-based Amazon employees will have access to more than 500 CUNY associate and licensing programs – including 50 at LaGuardia – from in-demand fields such as STEM, healthcare and technology. green energy. This initial cohort of CUNY colleges represents a footprint in each borough to provide locations in physical proximity to Amazon’s operations. LaGuardia is near several Amazon facilities, including the Amazon Fresh warehouse in Maspeth.

“At Amazon, we are committed to empowering our employees by giving them access to the education and training they need to grow their careers, whether at home or elsewhere,” said Carly Graham Garcia, Chief Business Officer. communities at Amazon in New York. . “We are thrilled to partner with CUNY as part of our CareerChoice program to give our employees access to training that matches their passions. Whether employees are looking to complete their bachelor’s degree at CUNY or develop foundational English proficiency or GED prep skills with our national partners, we’re ready to meet our employees wherever they are on their educational journey.

Beginning with a focus on associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, the initiative is open to hourly Amazon employees who enroll in any major at eight CUNY colleges in all five boroughs. CUNY’s partnership, the first for Amazon in New York State, is part of a nationwide commitment by Amazon to provide training and development opportunities to more than 750,000 hourly employees at four national universities and colleges and more than 140 premises.

“This important partnership is a powerful example of how the private sector can partner with the City University of New York to advance worker education, promote economic mobility, and help rebuild the post-pandemic economy of New York City at the same time,” CUNY Chancellor Felix V. Matos Rodriguez said. “We thank Amazon for its commitment to higher education for its employees and look forward to working with them as we expand CUNY’s role as one of the nation’s leading drivers of economic opportunity.”

For more information about CUNY’s career success initiatives, visit www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/workforce.

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