Amazon Web Services and Georgia to train more than 5,000 students by 2024
Governor Brian Kemp announced on June 9 that in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Georgia will train 5,500 students in cloud computing by 2024.
AWS will work with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE), and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) to provide the training.
“This collaboration with AWS will ensure our citizens have access to innovative training and education to help them prepare for tech jobs in Georgia,” Governor Kemp said.
“Georgia’s rapidly growing tech sector and the state’s willingness to act quickly to meet demand were perfect. The combination of Georgia’s need to develop more technical skills, the innovative educational programs of TCSG and the strong approach to vocational and technical learning in high schools through the leadership of GA DOE have all been catalysts for this collaboration. Kim Majerus, Leader, US Education, State and Local Government at AWS said.
At Gwinnett Technical College, they began to offer AWS Courses in fall 2020 with instructors who had previously been certified in AWS courses.
“We’ve been involved from the start,” said Rebecca Alexander, vice president of academic affairs at Gwinnett Tech.
They will be offering a virtual training course this summer to certify more instructors who will be teaching AWS certification courses in the fall term. Currently, Gwinnett Tech has five instructors in cloud computing courses.
“We expect more of them to be certified once they pass the cloud practitioner certification exam,” Alexander said.
This fall, the AWS Core Course will be offered in person and online at Gwinnett Tech and other TCSG schools.
Through the TCSG eCampus platform, students at Atlanta Technical College and Savannah Technical College will be able to register for the Gwinnett Tech course in the fall. They will expand in the spring to add students from West Georgia Technical College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College.
Through GADOE high school students from Double registration program will be able to take an AWS certification course at TCSG schools.
Majerus praised Governor Kemp for expanding the opportunities for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students, which set them on the path to a career in technology.
Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods said it aims to certify 1,200 K-12 students in cloud computing.
“We are also excited to be working with the Technology Association of Georgia to connect cloud talent to employment opportunities and provide a critical focus on rural communities, ”said Majerus.
TAG’s rural jobs initiative aims to connect rural Georgians with careers in cloud computing and other technology-based careers.
In addition to AWS courses taught by certified instructors, self-paced online courses will be available to students.
“By investing in current and future talent, we can be sure that innovation will not overtake the workforce and we can continue to improve our communities,” said Majerus.
AWS certifications are recognized across the industry for cloud computing jobs.