Amazon's Career Choice reaches 7,000 employees

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) reports that more than 7,000 of its warehouse workers have taken courses through the company's Career Choice Program. The program is set up to help workers leave their current hourly positions and move into better-paying careers such as nursing, truck driving, and information technology.

The Career Choice Program, which celebrated its four-year anniversary this month, pays 95 percent of the tuition for classes in fields Amazon believes are high demand, reported The Seattle Times. The courses are meant to end in certifications or two-year degrees.

The latest report on the program says that the fields that attract the most employees are commercial driving, information technology, health sciences and accounting. In Washington, the popularity of the program ranks with truck drivers at the top, followed by computer-network technicians, nurses, dental assistants and pharmacy technicians.

Other findings in the report show that employees are more likely to attend class if it is held where they work, so Amazon has set up eight warehouses equipped with classrooms and plans to add classrooms to 25 more warehouses. Every new warehouse built by Amazon will have on-site classrooms. Last summer, Amazon opened a fifth fulfillment center in Texas, and its first warehouse near Minneapolis.

The program is available to full-time employees and part-time employees working 20 or more hours a week.

For more:
- see this Seattle Times article

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