Georgia Schools, AWS Partner for Cloud Computing Training
(TNS) – Governor Brian Kemp announced a collaborative initiative between the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education, the Technology Association of Georgia and Amazon Web Services to provide cloud computing training and education to 5,500 learners statewide by 2024. Through this initiative, high schools and technical colleges in Georgia will offer cloud computing courses and degrees that match the skills needed to pursue in-demand technical careers.
“The tech industry in Georgia is growing rapidly with exciting job opportunities for Georgians,” Kemp said in a press release. “This collaboration with AWS will ensure our citizens have access to innovative training and education to help them prepare for tech jobs in Georgia.”
The State of Georgia will work with the AWS Academy program to provide educational institutions with free, ready-to-teach cloud computing programs that prepare students for industry-recognized AWS certifications and in-demand cloud jobs. Teachers at participating institutions will receive instructor training from AWS experts and have free access to a limited number of AWS certification exams, as they qualify to become AWS Academy accredited educators. Students can also access self-paced online training courses and labs from within AWS.
“The use of cloud-based technologies is growing rapidly in Georgia, which means there is a greater demand for a skilled workforce in this field,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier . “We are excited to launch this partnership as it will provide current students and IT workers with the most up-to-date training available to ensure success in this growing field. “
For K-12 schools, this collaboration supports the mission of the Georgia Department of Education to prepare students for success in the global economy.
“We are committed to expanding opportunities for all students, preparing them for life and rewarding careers,” said Georgia State School principal Richard Woods. “Our goal is to certify 1,200 K-12 students in our state in cloud computing, giving them a path to a career in this thriving industry. “
This commitment to providing technical skills training and education statewide is designed to fill cloud computing jobs in demand in urban, rural and diverse communities in Georgia. This includes jobs available in organizations across various industries in roles such as software development, cloud architecture, data science, cybersecurity, cloud support engineers and more. According to Economic Modeling Specialist International, there are over 125,000 cloud computing jobs available in Georgia. For those unemployed or underemployed, cloud computing skills training offers workers the opportunity to retrain and re-enter the workforce.
“At AWS, we are committed to working with education, policy and industry leaders to provide opportunities for individuals to embrace lifelong learning,” Kim Majerus, Head of education in the United States, states and local governments at AWS. “We commend the State of Georgia for investing in the future and current workforce to enable citizens to be at the forefront of the rapidly evolving technologies that are driving today’s digital economy” hui.
Technology has redefined the employment landscape in Georgia, with tech jobs in Atlanta increasing 46% since 2010. Additionally, the city has been named one of five US cities on the verge of becoming the Mecca of the United States. technology of tomorrow in 2017. In support of the growing tech industry in the state, AWS will work with TAG to connect cloud talent to employment opportunities. This collaboration will also help support the Rural Jobs Initiative by connecting technology learners in rural communities to in-demand careers in cloud computing with TAG member companies.
“TAG members expect us to fuel the innovation economy,” said Larry Williams, President and CEO. “They challenged us to spark students’ imaginations and prepare them today for the exciting careers of tomorrow. Thanks to programs like TAG-Ed and the many scholarships we offer, we have done this and more. We also know that the path between workers’ skills and business needs runs through all communities, including those in rural areas of a state. In our home state, we’re partnering with TCSG to develop and recruit talent where they live in rural Georgia so they’re ready to work remotely for top tech companies, including AWS. “
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