Nonprofit startups partners with Amazon to boost & upskill workers for tech jobs

Hourly associates at Amazon fulfillment centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Baltimore areas who do not have college degrees are now eligible to receive training for IT careers. Merit America, a nonprofit that helps workers develop desirable skills leading to highly sought-after technology jobs, announced a partnership with Amazon's Career Choice initiative June 23. The training can not only "close critical near-term skill gaps, but also create opportunities for their employees in the long term," Rebecca Taber, founder and co-CEO of Merit America, said in a statement. The program is designed to overcome barriers often faced by middle-skill workers, according to the organization. Through job-focused online learning, career coaching and mentorship, participants will be trained for in-demand, competitive wage tech positions in areas including IT support and Java programming. Merit America works with employers to create pathways to upwardly mobile careers for Americans without college degrees. "By delivering training in high-demand career paths, we are proud to give eligible employees the tools they need to make a move and pursue their career aspirations beyond Amazon," Tammy Thieman, global program lead for Amazon Career Choice, said in a statement.

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