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Amazon partners with local high schools, hopes new grads will help fill 500 jobs

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Amazon Fulfillment in Jeffersonville is looking to fill 500 positions as soon as possible. Amazon Fulfillment in Jeffersonville is looking to fill 500 positions as soon as possible.
Students from Charlestown High School took a tour of the Amazon fulfillment center in Jeffersonville on May 28, 2015. Students from Charlestown High School took a tour of the Amazon fulfillment center in Jeffersonville on May 28, 2015.
Charlestown High School senior Chris Spencer says he is interested in computer science and learned lots about the algorithms Amazon uses to ship packages. Charlestown High School senior Chris Spencer says he is interested in computer science and learned lots about the algorithms Amazon uses to ship packages.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Graduate, get a job and your college tuition paid for -- the Amazon fulfillment in Jeffersonville is partnering with local high schools to help fill 500 positions.

High school students in Clark County visited the Amazon fulfillment center in Jeffersonville Thursday for a field trip and a glimpse behind the click.

"I'm interested in computer science," said Charlestown High School senior Chris Spencer. "I learned lots about the interesting algorithms they use to ship packages and where they need to send them.

Some of those high school kids could leave with a job.

"We're partnering with the Greater Clark County school system and its college and career readiness program," said Nina Lindsey with Amazon.
"We're here today to show them all these opportunities, answer all their questions and hopefully inspire them to come work at Amazon."

The Amazon fulfillment center in Jeffersonville is looking to fill 500 open positions as soon as possible. The company is looking for pickers, packers, shippers and sorters.

But with unemployment under five percent in the Louisville market, demand for entry level workers is high.

"Competition is out there for sure," said Jonathan Barnes with Integrity Staffing, the company that hires temporary workers for Amazon. "In an area like this, there's tons of available opportunities."


That competition forces companies like Amazon to offer great benefits..

The students on Thursday's field trip learned Amazon starts workers at $11 an hour and has a program that will pay college tuition -- even if they're not studying a trade tied to this field.

That's welcome news for Ivana Vescia. "Coming from a low income family I would need help to pay for it and I really want to go to college," she said.

It was a field trip that was as much about education as it is recruitment.

If you're interested in applying for one of the 500 jobs now available at Amazon visit: http://www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.

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