Amazon celebrates first group of graduates from its GED pilot program

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Tuesday, Amazon announced its first group of graduates from a GED pilot program launched earlier this year in partnership with Jefferson Community and Technical College, one of 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

The program is designed to advance the education of employees without their high school diploma or GED equivalency, and provides access to free education resources in the state of Kentucky.

Amazon is committed to empowering employees with access to the education and training they need to grow their careers at Amazon. This program is another way Amazon is working to help employees further their career goals.

In partnership with KCTCS, Kentucky’s primary provider of college and workforce readiness, transfer education, and workforce education and training, Amazon aims to increase opportunities for potential participants to improve their quality of life and overall employability across the various communities in which it operates.

“As a teacher, I know the difference a high school diploma or GED diploma can make in a person’s life and future,” said Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, who serves as the Secretary for the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet. “This life-changing opportunity will help Kentucky create a workforce that meets the needs of employers and build an economy that works for everyone.”

“Through innovation and hard work, Jefferson helps create opportunities for our students, business partners and our region’s workforce development,” said Ty Handy, President of Jefferson Community and Technical College. “We are thrilled to partner with Amazon as they meet their employees where they are and help get them to where they want to be.”

“Amazon’s GED program is part of our continued effort to help employees in Kentucky advance their careers and build brighter futures,” said Tyler Green, general manager at Amazon’s fulfillment center. “We’re committed to empowering our employees with access to the education and training they need to succeed and thrive at Amazon and beyond.”

Fast Facts: Amazon’s GED pilot program in Kentucky

  • In Kentucky alone, there are nearly 317,000 working-age individuals who are working without a GED credential or high school diploma.
  • In June, Amazon’s pilot program had its first ever GED graduates with three additional participants slated to graduate in mid-September.
  • Currently, there are more than 150 employee participants enrolled in the program.
  • The GED program launched in April, 2021, at the Shepherdsville fulfillment center and officially expanded beyond Kentucky facilities in August to Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jeffersonville, Indiana.
  • To date, Amazon has partnered with Kentucky Community and Technical College System (Kentucky), WorkOne (Indiana), Ivy Tech (Indiana), Cincinnati Public Schools (Ohio), and Great Oaks School (Ohio).

Amazon is always thinking about how it can empower employees to succeed and thrive. Employees in fulfillment and transportation are paid on average $17.00 per hour and receive comprehensive benefits, paid time off, up to 20 weeks fully paid parental leave, education and skills training, and opportunities for career growth, as well as Amazon’s innovative Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields.

Since the Career Choice program has launched, more than 40,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, among other fields. In addition, Amazon is committed to empowering employees with access to the education and training they need to grow their careers at Amazon and beyond. The company-funded upskilling programs help support Amazon employees as they gain critical skills to advance their careers and move into in-demand, higher paying, technical and nontechnical roles.

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