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Amazon Accelerates Cloud-related Learning with AWS Educate

Adds New Capabilities to AWS Educate, connecting students with cloud careers; students can access content modules designed to teach the skills they need for cloud careers

Amazon Web Services, an Amazon.com company announced new capabilities for AWS Educate, a global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources they need to accelerate cloud-related learning. AWS Educate now offers students a more direct way to put their cloud knowledge to use with over 25 self-paced content modules known as “Cloud Career Pathways,” which are made up of instructional videos, lab exercises, online courses, whitepapers, and podcasts. The Cloud Career Pathways align to four overarching job families, which are also represented in the new AWS Educate Job Board: Cloud Architect, Software Developer, Operations-Support Engineer, and Analytics and Big Data Specialist. AWS Educate maps students’ academic training on AWS Educate, and their achievements in the Cloud Career Pathways to relevant internships and jobs posted on the AWS Educate Job Board, which features top employers, including Amazon, Cloudnexa, Instructure, Salesforce, Splunk, Udacity, and more.

Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS said, “We built AWS Educate with a vision of helping to cultivate a cloud-enabled workforce. It’s been inspiring to see students from every corner of the globe – from Brooklyn to Bombay to Singapore to Seoul – embrace AWS Educate, eager to digest learnings from top computer science courses, and get their hands on their first Amazon S3 bucket. Based on that vision, we are taking the program one step further and adding a connection to employers who are in need of the cloud skills students can learn on AWS Educate. We’ve designed Cloud Career Pathways that will help students get targeted experience and skills, and placed those side-by-sides, with relevant jobs from some of the most in-demand technology employers today.”

In addition to AWS Educate’s core benefits – AWS Promotional Credits, online training, self-paced labs, a library of AWS resources, and educator-shared content – AWS Educate now features Cloud Career Pathways and the AWS Educate Job Board. The more than 25 Cloud Career Pathways are made up of content modules designed to teach the technical skills required in hundreds of cloud-related jobs. Each Cloud Career Pathway includes a minimum of 30 hours of content designed to build core skill sets across the four job families. After students successfully complete Cloud Career Pathways, they receive digital micro-credentials in the form of badges and certificates that appear on their AWS Educate profile, which students can leverage on their own job applications. Students can apply directly to relevant jobs posted on the AWS Educate Job Board, which features cloud internships and jobs from some of the top technology companies.

At Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Majd Sakr’s cloud computing course uses AWS Educate, and has grown from a few dozen students in 2013, to several hundred students in 2016. Dr. Sakr said, “AWS Educate hasn’t just been beneficial, it has been transformative. We have the ability to give students the opportunity to learn computer science skills through large hands-on projects on the AWS Cloud. With AWS Educate, we can offer projects at scale and be innovative, without needing to buy any on campus resources. Students have been eager to bring these timely cloud skills to their first jobs, and I’m thankful that AWS Educate can help.”

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