NKU lately introduced a brand new partnership with Amazon to supply staff with free or lowered tuition.
Workers who work at Amazon for at least 90 days can enroll within the Profession Selection program. Full-time staff will obtain $5,250 and part-time staff will obtain $2,650 towards their tuition.
That is the most recent of round 20 employer partnerships NKU holds. Amazon additionally hosts comparable partnerships with universities throughout the nation, so college students can study whereas they earn.
Carmen Hickerson, NKU Assistant Vice President of Financial Engagement and Authorities Relations, identified that this partnership was excellent since there are three regional Amazon services within the Northern Kentucky space. Participation in this system shouldn’t be restricted to this area, nonetheless. Workers from throughout the nation can enroll in this system, which is on the market for in-person, hybrid and on-line lessons.
“It is a large learn-while-you-earn profit for workers of Amazon. [NKU] hopes that not solely will we get some new college students on account of this, however that different employers will see what Amazon is doing, and the way it’s a bonus in recruitment and retention, and maybe provide the identical factor to their staff,” Hickerson stated.
There may be additionally no particular main required to obtain the tutoring advantages. Hickerson expects to see a continued inflow in these majors which can be already widespread at NKU.
“We may even see every thing from the healthcare subject to the School of Enterprise, like enterprise administration. I’d additionally assume that there are some individuals who is likely to be serious about know-how fields, so the School of Informatics,” she stated.
Hickerson believes that such partnerships are a constructive pattern. Corporations like Amazon being prepared to spend money on their staff is admirable, and college students ought to hunt down such advantages when searching for a job.
“I feel increasingly you’re going to see this type of factor. It’s going to be a aggressive benefit for these employers who’re prepared to make this type of funding, and NKU is worked up and able to be that companion,” she stated.
Sophomore Joel Katterheinrich agrees with Hickerson, and for him the partnership couldn’t have come at a greater time.
The mechanical and manufacturing engineering main, who works at Amazon’s Hebron department, had began the brand new job hunt when information of the partnership broke.
“I used to be really within the technique of searching for one other job that supplied some kind of tuition reimbursement,” Katterheinrich stated.
Since NKU turned a part of Amazon’s Profession Selection program, the sophomore has taken the required steps to enroll in this system, which he stated was a simple course of.
“It’s really very easy. You log in along with your work credentials, apply to the varsity, inform them what your main is, and enter your pupil info,” he stated.
Katterheinrich sees much more profit to this system than simply lowered tuition, although. He identified that almost all higher-level positions at Amazon require a Bachelor’s diploma.
“It may be very troublesome to stability having to go to work as a result of I’ve to pay for varsity, and I’m attempting to go to highschool so I can get a greater job. For lots of people, if they will benefit from this program, they will acquire that Bachelor’s diploma to assist in their development within the firm,” he stated.
Katterheinrich spoke extremely of his expertise at Amazon and would suggest the corporate to school college students, particularly given the brand new advantages.
“I’ve the chance to solely work two days every week, and I’m nonetheless eligible for this profit as a part-time worker. I’d encourage folks to positively discover that as an choice.”