San Bernardino – On the fifth anniversary of Amazon’s presence in California, Sumegha Mahakali, the company’s Director of Operations, presented a $50,000 check to San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Dale Marsden and Cajon High School Principal Teenya Bishop.
The company made more than $100,000 in donations to several additional organizations across San Bernardino. In partnership with San Bernardino City Unified School District, Amazon also announced the launch of the new Amazon Logistics Pathway Program.
The Pathway Program will include academic- and technology-based courses in the classroom and practical experience with the logistics technology used in Amazon’s fulfillment centers. The school is expected to begin planning for the program and recruiting students to participate in its inaugural session in the 2018-19 school year.
Amazon’s commitment to the program, Marsden stressed, “Is a significant financial and relational investment in our community.” The partnership will prepare high school students for the jobs available in San Bernardino.
When speaking about the anniversary of Amazon’s presence in the region, Mahakali said, “This community is where we started and it holds a very special place in our heart. Our associates here are some of our most caring and hardest working people.”
With locations in San Bernardino and Riverside, in February the company announced plans to open two new fulfillment centers in the inland region. The centers will be located in Redlands and Eastvale, and are expected to have the capacity to hire 1,000 new full-time employees with benefits such as a 401k, maternity and paternity leave, and a self-improvement program called Career Choice.