Amazon continued to demonstrate its commitment to Nashville with a pair of investments in education.
The online retail giant announced this week it has invested $250,000 between Nashville Public Education Foundation and Nashville State Community College.
NPEF will be receiving $150,000 from Amazon for its Teacherpreneur program, which is designed to promote innovation in Metro Nashville Public Schools by helping teachers provide new concepts both inside and outside the classroom.
The program will launch in the fall as NPEF will begin actively recruiting selected applicants to help refine their ideas in preparation for a public community event to be held at a later date.
“An important part of our work at NPEF is to promote the excellence and innovation currently happening in our schools,” said NPEF President Katie Cour in a prepared statement. “The Teacherpreneur program allows us to elevate teacher voices in meaningful ways, rewarding teacher innovation and helping students thrive, and we are grateful for Amazon’s generous support to make this happen.”
Nashville State Community College is receiving a six-figure donation from Amazon for the second time.
Previously, the company invested $100,000 in NSCC’s Nashville GRAD (Getting Results by Advancing Degrees) program, which focuses on providing resources beyond tuition such as laptops, textbooks, transportation, success advisors, food and more.
This time around, Amazon doubled its original investment by sending another $100,000 to the college.
Amazon’s senior manager of external affairs in Nashville, Courtney Ross, said in a statement released by NSCC that GRAD’s impact was a significant factor in Amazon’s decision to add to its previous investment.
“Data is showing that wraparound supports provided through Nashville GRAD is making a difference in student persistence and producing successful outcomes,” she said. “We hope that our investment encourages other organizations to either deepen their commitment or come to the table. Nashville State Community College is an important local partner in creating a pipeline of talent across many sectors, including tech, business and healthcare.”
Dr. Julie Williams, associate vice president of student affairs at NSCC, said Amazon’s educational investments aren’t just for students and teachers and that people should be looking at the long-term impact.
“They’re not only investing in Nashville State Community College, they’re investing in the workforce that we are preparing for our city’s future,” she said. “With their investments, Amazon is benefiting the entire community by ensuring that the Metro Davidson County workforce is going to be skilled and well educated. It’s all about giving back and making sure we are building and strengthening these young professionals.”
Amazon has already established a high-profile presence in Music City.
Amazon’s Nashville Yards project, when finished, will feature two towers that encompass over 1 million square feet. It is slated for completion by 2023 and expected to bring a total of 5,000 corporate and technology-related jobs.
When completed, the entire Nashville Yards development, including Amazon’s towers, is expected to consist of over 3.5 million square feet of office space, over 1,000 residential units, more than 400,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space and over 1,100 hotel rooms.