11:58 AM

UHD Announces Partnership With Amazon

Cost-Free Education For Amazon Employees


By Laura Wagner

Associate in breakroom

UHD is partnering with Amazon in its Career Choice program, which offers qualifying Amazon employees access to a college education—for free.

According to Amazon, Career Choice is an education benefit that empowers Amazon’s operations employees to learn new skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere. Amazon covers the cost of a variety of education and upskilling opportunities, including full college tuition, industry certifications designed to lead to in-demand jobs, and foundational skills such as English language proficiency, high school diplomas, and GEDs.

The company is investing $1.2 billion in the U.S. to upskill more than 300,000 Amazon employees by 2025 to help move them into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.

UHD’s broad range of undergraduate degree programs are available for Career Choice participants. The program is popular among adult learners and First Time in College (FTIC) students, which makes UHD an ideal collaborator with Amazon. The company purposely selects partner universities and colleges that understand the adult learner and offer support services that range from selecting the right program to getting academic help to ultimately achieving career placement.

“We’re excited to support students who want to participate in this outstanding opportunity,” Said Dr. Michelle Moosally, UHD’s Associate Vice President of Planning & Curriculum. “Amazon reports that more than half of the Career Choice participants identify as Black, Hispanic, or Native American. As a federally designated Hispanic- and Minority-Serving Institution, UHD is well-qualified to provide a successful student experience for this diverse Amazon employee population.”

The program is available to Amazon hourly employees who have been employed for 90 days. Employees have access to annual funds for education as long as they remain at the company, with no limit to the number of years they can benefit. For more information, qualified Amazon employees can create an account at the Amazon Career Choice website.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.