Oakton Selected by Amazon as an Education Partner for Career Choice Program

Amazon career choice logo(Aug. 22, 2022) – Oakton Community College has been selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing Amazon’s hourly employees tuition-free access to a variety of Oakton’s degree and certificate programs, including The Import/Export Specialist Certificate Program, The Supply Chain and Automation Program, The Technical Communication Certificate and more.

“We’re grateful to be a part of the Amazon Career Choice Program,” said Matt Huber, Oakton’s Dean of Enrollment Management. “It aligns with our mission to prepare our workforce for the jobs of the future, and is a win-win program that allows Amazon employees in our community to build career skills with tuition assistance from Amazon.”

Since its founding in 1969, Oakton has been committed to meeting the educational needs of our community and empowering and transforming students’ lives. Oakton offers more than 130 degree and certificate programs that create unique paths for students to pursue their education and prepare them for career success. 

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 offering education that leads to career success. 

“We’re looking forward to Oakton Community College 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.”