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"I do this so when my son grows older, I want him to be proud of what I've done," Grass said of his Amazon career path.

Upskilling 2025 success stories

Hear from Amazonians and former employees about how Upskilling 2025 programs have changed their careers and lives.
  1. Skills today for tomorrow’s jobs

    “Being able to evolve your skills, upskill them and challenge yourself in that way is critical. It feels really good to say ‘I was a marketer and now I’m an engineer on Twitch Prime,’” said Chelsea James, Former Amazon Technical Academy student.
  2. A tech job without college

    “It was probably one of the biggest deals that happened in my life, knowing that Amazon would put even more effort into developing me. I just needed somebody to give me a chance,” said Andre Grass who switched from a job readying Amazon customers’ orders to his current roles as an IT technician. Hear how on-the-job training prepared Andre for a new career here.
  3. Cleared for takeoff

    “I’ve always wanted to be in this industry and just never had the opportunity. Amazon made this happen for me and I’m just so excited about it,” said Colleen Woods, Graduate of the Career Choice Aerospace Program
  4. Veteran apprentices graduate into Amazon jobs

    “The (Amazon) apprenticeship has given me the tools and knowledge I need to be marketable in today's workforce. Before the apprenticeship, I did not know where to begin. I thought I would have a very difficult time competing in today's fast-paced tech world. Now, I hold multiple IT and AWS certifications, and feel confident that I have the skill set necessary to have a successful career,” said Joshua Tanton, Amazon Technical Apprenticeship graduate, Amazon Cloud Support Associate, and US Army Veteran.
  5. Building a great story

    “My career is on a new, different path. I went from my job at Amazon to now I’m one-on-one with students. If it wasn’t for Career Choice and me taking my path with Amazon, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get here,” said Jamie Davis, American Red Cross CPR Instructor and former Amazonian.
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