The City University of New York (CUNY) and Amazon are announcing a partnership where Amazon employees will have access to education at eight colleges to further their career opportunities. The eight colleges representing all five NYC boroughs are Bronx Community College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, the City College of New York, the College of Staten Island, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College and Queens College.
Through Amazon’s Career Choice program, the company will provide an annual benefit to cover tuition and select fees for all qualifying hourly employees accepted into participating CUNY schools in New York.
“Education can unlock opportunity and prosperity for New Yorkers, no matter what background or zip code. We must continue to invest in community colleges, workforce development, and opportunities for career training,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul. “This collaboration with CUNY will provide greater access to education and opportunity, and complement our efforts to grow our economy and expand workforce development across the state.”
“We cannot be a prosperous city without the collaboration of private partners to help create efficient educational and career pipelines,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “This is what I call ‘Get Stuff Done’ and I’m grateful Amazon is working with the city to launch this joint educational partnership. Thanks to the collaboration between CUNY’s Career Success Initiatives and Amazon’s Career Choice, thousands of New Yorkers will gain access to an Associate or Bachelor’s degree and training to further their careers.”
Starting with an initial focus on Associate and Bachelor’s degrees, the initiative is open to any major of study at any of the participating eight CUNY colleges in all five New York City boroughs. CUNY’s partnership, the first for Amazon in New York State, is part of a national commitment by Amazon to provide educational and upskilling opportunities to more than 750,000 hourly employees at four national and more than 140 local universities and colleges.
“This important partnership is a powerful example of how the private sector can join forces with the City University of New York to advance workers’ education, promote economic mobility and help rebuild New York City’s post-pandemic economy all at the same time,” said CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “We thank Amazon for its commitment to higher education for its employees and look forward to working with them while expanding CUNY’s role as one of the nation’s premier engines of economic opportunity.”
Through this collaboration, New York City-based Amazon workers will have access to over 500 Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs offered online or in-person, including in-demand fields such as technology, healthcare, and green energy.
Amazon's Career Choice now works with more than 180 education providers to deliver education to employees.
“Working at Amazon has made me realize how important data can be to a business’ success,” said Afor Ukoha, an employee at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York. “I enjoy solving problems and have a background in computers, so the Career Choice program supports me in expanding my skillset in something I am passionate about. With Amazon’s help, I am able to receive my education for free, while also working with my schedule to make sure I can still work.”