CORVALLIS, Ore. (KTVZ) — Oregon State University on Thursday announced a collaboration that helps Amazon employees in Oregon pursue a college education by enrolling in OSU courses on campus and online.
Amazon workers in Oregon will receive tuition assistance to pursue more than 200 Oregon State programs at the Corvallis campus or at OSU-Cascades in Bend, as well as more than 90 programs through OSU Ecampus, the university’s nationally ranked online education division.
This is the latest in a series of collaborations that Ecampus has formed with organizations and employer networks to provide educational solutions for working adults. This is the first alliance of its kind that gives students the option of learning in person or online.
“OSU is Oregon State University, and this collaboration is true to our mission to serve the people of Oregon,” said Becky Johnson, Acting President of Oregon State. “We are working to expand access to higher education for all qualified students, both undergraduate and graduate, and this collaboration with Amazon will help us achieve that.”
The Amazon Career Choice program helps full-time and part-time employees learn new skills to advance their careers at Amazon or elsewhere. The program partners with institutions like Oregon State that academically support working adults, help them find jobs, and provide educational pathways to career success.
“We look forward to the State of Oregon joining us as an educational partner, adding to the hundreds of top-notch offerings available to our employees,” said Tammy Thieman, Global Program Manager, Career Program. Amazon’s Choice. “We are committed to empowering our employees by giving them access to the education and training they need to advance their careers, whether at home or elsewhere.
“Today, more than 50,000 Amazon employees worldwide have already participated in Career Choice, and we’ve seen firsthand how it can transform their lives. »
Amazon operates fulfillment centers in Hillsboro, Portland, Salem and Troutdale, with additional warehouses expected to open next year in Canby and Woodburn. More than half of Amazon Career Choice participants identify as black, Hispanic or Indigenous.
“We are proud to support adult learners wherever they live, and teaming up with Amazon is an exciting and innovative way to give Oregonians increased access to high-quality OSU programs that meet their needs” , said Lisa L. Templeton, Associate Vice President of Ecampus.
Ecampus has corporate collaborations with organizations such as Guild Education, Peet’s Coffee and the Professional Hockey League Players Association.