COLUMBUS – State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) announced that Clark State College was selected by Amazon for their Career Choice Ohio Program, offering fully-funded college tuition to hourly employees.
“Clark State College has been a long-standing beacon of educational opportunity in Clark County. The announcement of this phenomenal partnership is just another way Clark State has committed to preparing students for the real world and promoting accessibility,” said Koehler. “I applaud Amazon and Clark State for helping take the 79th District to the next level.”
The Career Choice program offers fully-funded college tuition, allows employees to participate every year they work at Amazon, and gives student workers eligibility after only 90 days of employment. Through Career Choice, employees can pursue a Bachelor’s degree, earn industry certifications leading to in-demand jobs, build skills through English language proficiency, and high school completion programs.
“We are excited to help Amazon's commitment to their employees by being a partner in their Career Choice Ohio program,” said Dr. Dawayne Kirkman, vice president of student affairs at Clark State. “Clark State is committed to providing high-quality educational programs and services that emphasize student and community success. Amazon is supporting their employees by creating paths to career success through continued education. This partnership is a win-win for students and the community.”
Since launching in 2012, Career Choice has helped provide education for more than 50,000 employees. As of this announcement, Amazon’s Career Choice program works with more than 180 education providers across the U.S. as part of its Upskilling 2025 pledge.
"When employers invest in upskilling their people through training and education, it benefits those employees as well as Ohio's economy by building a workforce pipeline for the present and the future," said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. "I applaud this investment and partnership with colleges and universities to ensure that Ohio is addressing skills gaps and moving more of its citizens into rewarding careers."
Founded in 1962, Clark State College has campuses in Springfield, Beavercreek, Xenia and Bellefontaine, Ohio. Celebrating 60 years, Clark State offers the latest degree and certificate options in more than 131 professional fields. The economic impact of Clark State on Champaign, Clark, Greene and Logan Counties is in excess of $161 million dollars annually.