CT and Amazon Web Services to Provide Training to 2,000 Residents Pursuing Cloud Computing Careers
The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system, the Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are working together to provide technical skills training and education to more than 2,000 Connecticut residents by 2024.
Through this initiative, all CSCU community colleges and universities, including Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Norwalk Community College and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, will be able to offer courses and certificates that match the skills. necessary to pursue in-demand careers in technical fields.
Colleges will also work with interested high schools to provide access to cloud computing programs.
The AWS Academy program will provide CSCU institutions with out-of-the-box cloud computing study programs that prepare students for industry-recognized AWS certifications and the most in-demand cloud jobs. Teachers at participating institutions have already started receiving instructor training from AWS experts to prepare for teaching students.
Students will be able to access cloud computing training at CSCU institutions as well as connect to AWS online training courses and labs at their own pace. In the near future, CSCU will allow students to pursue AWS certifications as part of their degree programs.
âWe know that CSCU institutions are a key part of Connecticut’s labor pool,â said CSCU President Terrence Cheng. âThis collaboration with AWS is an important tool as we work to expand the state’s technological talent pool and help create pathways for residents to exciting careers in cloud computing. “
The initiative is part of Governor Ned Lamont’s ongoing efforts to improve workforce development in the state. The increase in cloud computing education supports the administration’s goal of creating public-private collaborations to retrain and develop Connecticut residents and train students in the skills local employers need.
“This is a perfect example of our community college and workforce development ecosystem listening to employer demands and rapidly developing a curriculum that will get people back to work.” and get to work quickly, âsaid Kelli Vallieres, director of the Connecticut workforce. âThis tech education initiative with AWS is a fantastic way to equip unemployed or underemployed people with the skills they need to get high-quality jobs fast. “
According to a recent Gallup study, 48% of American workers would change jobs if offered job training opportunities.