March 3, 2022
BATON ROUGE—March 3, 2022—Today, Louisiana State University, or LSU, announced they have been selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing Amazon’s hourly employees that live in Louisiana access to online and on-campus bachelor’s degrees and short-form college credit certificates, or MicroCreds.
“With a focus on ‘Scholarship First,’ our mission is to provide excellent educational opportunities for the workforce of tomorrow,” said Matt Lee, interim executive vice president & provost of Louisiana State University. “We are proud to be a part of a working adult’s journey toward advancing their career ‘at Amazon or elsewhere’ with a degree from LSU.”
The university expects to offer degrees and college credit certificates to Amazon employees through LSU, LSU Shreveport, LSU Eunice and LSU Alexandria. As a whole, LSU includes institutions, facilities and programs in each of Louisiana’s 64 parishes. Each institution plays a vital role in preparing students to incorporate new knowledge and new technologies into their daily lives.
Amazon’s Career Choice program is an education benefit that empowers employees to learn new skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere. The program meets individual learners where they are on their education journey through 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. In the U.S., the company is investing $1.2 billion to upskill more than 300,000 employees by 2025 to help move them into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.
Amazon’s Career Choice program has a rigorous selection process for third-party partner educators, choosing partners that are focused on helping employees through their education programs, assisting them with job placements, and overall offering education that leads to career success.
“We’re looking forward to LSU coming on board as an education partner for Career Choice, adding to the hundreds of best-in-class offerings available to our employees,” said Tammy Thieman, Global Program Lead of Amazon’s Career Choice program. “We’re committed to empowering our employees by providing them access to the education and training they need to grow their careers, whether that’s with us or elsewhere. We have intentionally cultivated a partner network of third-party educators and employers committed to providing excellent education, job placement resources, and continuous improvements to the experience. Today, over 50,000 Amazon employees around the world have already participated in Career Choice and we’ve seen first-hand how it can transform their lives.”
LSU is seeking new organizations to partner with. If you are an employer interested in partnering with LSU, visit online.lsu.edu/partnerships.
For more information on Amazon’s Career Choice, visit: aboutamazon.com/news/workplace/career-choice/.About LSU
The LSU system is dedicated to providing a positive learning environment that enables students to achieve their full potential. It includes the LSU Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge (the premier flagship university for the state); campus units at Alexandria, Eunice, and Shreveport; Health Science Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport; LSU Agricultural Center; and Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. The LSU system has more than 35,000 undergraduate students and more than 12,000 graduate students; it also has 2,000 professional students in the Health Centers. There are 3,000 full-time-equivalent faculty members, including 1,340 tenured or tenure-track. The LSU system has an endowment with a market value larger than $900M, about $350M in annual research expenditures, and more than 200 active licenses.About LSU Online & Continuing Education
LSU Online & Continuing Education supports more than 100 online degrees and certificate programs from the LSU family of institutions. These flexible programs stack together to help advance careers and reach educational goals with no credit left behind. Our mission is to meet learners' evolving needs by creating education opportunities in high-demand, workforce-relevant fields. Programs are designed for online and taught by award-winning LSU faculty and expert instructors. Online degree students will earn the same diploma as their on-campus peers and can expect world-class customer service through personal, concierge-style learner support. Explore our programs today at online.lsu.edu.
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