Students Visit Amazon Fulfillment Center

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 15 students from Valencia’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Computing Technology and Software Development degree program attended a tour of Amazon’s $132,000,000 fulfillment center in Lake Nona. About the size of 40 football fields, the Amazon hub opened in August 2018.

Students watched the distribution process as products arrived through truck bays and were loaded onto conveyor belts that travel 10 miles within the facility. Then, products were transported to a process point and put into large yellow containers. Robotic arms moved the containers to specific areas where products were then boxed, labeled and shipped out.

Professor of Computer Programming and Analysis Jerry Hensel and Dean of Academic Affairs Michelle Foster accompanied the students. Everyone who toured was in awe of the size, technology and capability of the fulfillment center.

“I would love to have an entry level job at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in order to work my way up to get a job in information technology or programming while I go to school,” shared one student.

In fact, Amazon pays 95% of tuition and fees for their employees.

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