Scottsdale based Maricopa Corporate College, members of Amazon leadership, and Arizona State Representative Diego Espinoza celebrated Wednesday, May 27, the official opening of Amazon’s new onsite classroom.
As part of this innovative program, Amazon pays 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether those courses are relevant to positions at Amazon. The goal of this program is to give all their associates the choice to pursue their passion, according to a press release.
“We’re very inventive about the things that we do, including how we’re going to manage things for our associates and hopefully allow them an opportunity to come and take classes in high-paying, high-demand roles so if they don’t want to stay with Amazon, they can step away and they can pursue their passion,” Marv Cunningham, general manager for the PHX6 facility, stated in the release.
The new classroom has already caught the attention of many of the center’s 1,500 associates, which according to Mr. Cunningham is no accident. The classroom was designed with large windows across one side so that associates could see their colleagues learning new skills and want to get involved.
Currently, MCOR offers three unique programs to Amazon’s Phoenix associates: a Certificate of Completion in Accounting, CompTIA A+ Certification, and Pharmacy Technician Certification. As the excitement builds around these programs, MCOR and Amazon leadership anticipate expanding upon current program offerings, according to the release.
MCOR President Eugene Giovannini views this partnership as a great opportunity and hopes that other companies will create similar programs for their employees.
“Amazon is a trendsetter in every sense of the word and I think a lot of this is going to continue to happen on a much broader scale over the next 10 years,” Mr. Giovannini stated in the release. “We are very happy to partner with Amazon.”
The MCOR-Amazon partnership is just one example of how MCOR assesses employer needs and develops custom business solutions. Companies interested in working with MCOR to meet their individual workforce needs are encouraged to call 480-377-2700.
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