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The battle for hourly workers is escalating beyond minimum wage across the U.S., as retailers, restaurant chains, garbage haulers and meat processors increasingly dangle the prospect of a free college education as a way to lure and retain staff. Inc. on Thursday plans to announce that it is expanding its educational benefits by offering more than 750,000 U.S. hourly employees the chance to enroll in a fully paid bachelor's degree program after 90 days of employment. The e-commerce giant says employees will be eligible to get degrees through educational institutions nationwide.
That college students aren't especially representative of Americans overall has long been a problem with the social science research that relies on them, but at least the researchers know who they are. All anyone needs to sign up as a Mechanical Turk worker is a U.S. billing address. Their age, gender, educational level, and all other demographic traits are self-reported and therefore subject to doubt. This is the internet, after all--they could all be dogs. Furthermore, the company's enterprises are hotbeds of fraud, deceit, and misrepresentation.
If you enjoy monthly subscription services like Barkbox or Blue Apron, you're going to love STEM Club. Amazon recently launched a new subscription service that delivers educational toys on a monthly basis. From number games to robotics, these cool toys will inspire the budding scientist or engineer in your life. After all, the best way to learn is through play. The subscription service is $19.99 a month plus free shipping, and it's broken down into three age groups.
Amazon is no stranger to discounting its services for college students. You've still had to pay for Prime by the year, however, which can seem wasteful if you're only on campus for some of the year. Amazon has introduced a by-the-month option for students that asks you to pay $5.49 per month only for as long as you need it. If you don't need fast shipping when you leave for summer break or have no inclination to watch The Tick during exams, you can put that money to better use. You'll need to prove your status by supplying a .edu