La. community, tech colleges to collaborate with Amazon to launch cloud computing programs

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday, May 8 that Greater New Orleans, Inc. and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System are partnering with Amazon Web Services to unlock new opportunities in cloud computing.

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Each of the 12 community and technical colleges in the state will implement AWS Educate, a new effort to support cloud learning for students and faculty. The schools will work with AWS Educate to create an associate degree program in cloud computing. The two-year program will address the growing number of tech employers in Louisiana and the demand for employees with those skills.

“I am so proud that Louisiana’s community and technical college system is adopting the Amazon Web Services curriculum,” said Edwards. “This means our students will be at the forefront of a degree program that is in direct response to the growing needs of tech employers throughout Louisiana. I want to thank Amazon Web Services for this exciting opportunity, Dr. Monty Sullivan and his team, and GNO Inc. for recognizing the value of this program as one more tool to help prepare our students for the high-demand 21st-century jobs.”

According to a release sent by the governor’s office, “AWS Educate is a global initiative to provide students comprehensive resources for building skills in cloud technology. With a focus on real-world, applied learning experiences, AWS Educate offers learners access to self-paced content designed to introduce cloud computing technologies that drive innovation in fields such as artificial intelligence, voice, and facial recognition, gaming, medical advancements, and more. Additionally, AWS Educate provides access to the AWS Educate Job Board, a feature that allows students to search and apply for thousands of cloud jobs and internship opportunities from Amazon and other companies around the world.”

“By embedding the AWS Educate program to create a cloud degree program across the State of Louisiana in all LCTCS institutions, Louisiana is providing students with an on-ramp to innovation and careers in the cloud,” said Ken Eisner, director of Worldwide Education Programs for Amazon Web Services. “We applaud Governor Edwards and the Greater New Orleans economic development alliance for providing this workforce development opportunity for all of its students, from its urban centers to its rural communities.”

“The statewide adoption of the AWS Educate curriculum and creation of the Cloud Computing degree cannot be understated,” said LCTCS President Monty Sullivan.“We are working to ensure that our students, regardless of where they are in the state have the opportunity to learn this curriculum, earn a marketable degree, and enter the growing IT workforce prepared to grow in their career.”

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