POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — March 3, 2022 — Today, Smart Horizons Career Online Education announced they have been selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing Amazon’s hourly employees access to their Career Online High School program.
“We are thrilled that Amazon’s Career Choice program selected the Smart Horizons Career Online Education school district as the education partner to provide Amazon’s employees an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and career certificate through Career Online High School,” said Dr. Howard Liebman, the district’s Superintendent of Schools. “Amazon is making the dream of life-long learning a reality for their employees. Our organization is honored to provide a foundation in this educational journey for Amazon’s employees.”
Through Career Online High School, employees can now earn an accredited high school diploma 100% online, on their schedule. To further set them up for success at Amazon or beyond, they concurrently earn an entry-level career certificate in fields, such as: manufacturing, retail customer service, office management, commercial driving, or home care professional. Students receive one-on-one support from Academic Coaches to help them stay on track to graduation. To date, more than 12,500 adults and older youths have graduated through Smart Horizons Career Online Education.
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 Smart Horizons Career Online Education 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 Thiemann, 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.”