Last week, Amazon made a $5,000 donation to the Joliet Junior College Veterans Resource Center, highlighting the company’s commitment to hiring veterans. The donation will support a scholarship program to assist student veterans at the school as they transition to civilian roles following service. During the event, Amazon also announced an alliance with Joliet Junior College in conjunction with the Amazon Career Choice program, and stated plans to add 500 new full-time jobs at the Joliet fulfillment center. Interested candidates can go to www.workatamazonfulfillment.com to learn more and apply online.
Career Choice (amazon.com/careerchoice) is an innovative Amazon program designed to expand the choices available to associates in their future career, whether at Amazon or in another industry. Amazon will pre-pay 95 percent of associates’ tuition for courses related to in-demand fields. While many associates will choose to build a career at Amazon, for others, a job at the company may be the first step in a career path in another industry. The Amazon Career Choice Program provides associates with a resource for building the job skills needed for today’s most in-demand careers, such as aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technology, medical laboratory science, dental hygiene and nursing, to name a few. A number of courses available at Joliet Junior College are eligible for the program.
The Amazon fulfillment center in Joliet currently has more than 1,000 full-time associates who process smaller items like books and DVDs. In addition to competitive wages, employees also receive comprehensive benefits starting on Day One, including healthcare, 401(k) with 50 percent match, stock, bonuses, and innovative programs like Career Choice. Hourly employees at Amazon fulfillment centers also enjoy the company’s generous maternity and paternity leave benefits. These benefits offer up to 20 weeks of paid leave, a flexible Ramp Back Program and a newly invented Leave Share Program that gives employees the ability to share their paid leave with their spouse or partner.
During the event, JJC President Dr. Debra Daniels thanked those who attended, which included several of the college’s veteran students, and Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk.
“This event is an important first step in what I believe will be a long and fruitful partnership with Amazon Fulfillment,” said Daniels. “This is the core of what community colleges do. We partner with business and industry to create programs that train skilled workers to fill critical jobs in our communities.”
Daniels said the college serves approximately 350 veteran students every semester, and said the college is grateful for Amazon’s investment in them.
Mayor O’Dekirk also expressed his support and appreciation of the partnership, noting that Joliet is experiencing an economic boon, which is not the case in the rest of the state.
Mike Flannery, general manager of the Amazon fulfillment center in Joliet, said that “partnering with JJC is a natural fit for us. It’s wonderful to have such a great resource in our backyard.”
For more information about veteran services at JJC, visit www.jjc.edu/info/veterans.