Governor Lamont announces Connecticut and Amazon Web Services collaboration to train more than 2,000 residents for careers in cloud computing

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Governor Lamont announces Connecticut and Amazon Web Services collaboration to train more than 2,000 residents for careers in cloud computing

(NEW HAVEN, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced a collaboration between Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide training and education to technical skills to more than 2,000 Connecticut residents by 2024.

Through this initiative, all of CSCU’s community colleges and universities will be able to offer courses and certificates that match the skills needed to pursue in-demand careers in technical fields. Colleges will also work with interested high schools to provide access to cloud computing programs.

“We know that a workforce rich in technological talent is one of the keys to Connecticut’s future economic success,” Governor Lamont said. “This initiative is an important step in ensuring that our residents are prepared for high technology, 21st jobs of the century and that our employers have access to the skilled employees necessary to be competitive and prosper.

The AWS Academy program will provide CSCU institutions with out-of-the-box cloud computing education 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 online training courses and labs at their own pace from AWS. In the near future, CSCU will enable students to gain AWS certifications as part of their degree programs.

“We know that CSCU institutions are a key part of Connecticut’s labor pool,” CSCU President Terrence Cheng said. “This 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. “

This initiative is part of Governor 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 bring back people at work and at work quickly ” Connecticut Director of Workforce Dr Kelli Vallieres said. “This 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. As the country responds to changing labor demands, Connecticut is creating opportunities for residents to retrain for higher paying tech careers. This includes a wide range of jobs in fields like software development, cloud architecture, systems support, and more.

Kim Majerus, vice president of education for US, state and local governments at AWS, said“Community colleges are increasingly becoming centers of innovation, where educational institutions can adapt quickly to adjust programs to provide job training that meets the needs of employers. We are proud to work with CSCU and its network of colleges and universities, as well as the Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy to help implement Governor Lamont’s vision to accelerate growing the state’s tech sector and creating pathways to careers in the cloud.

To learn more about AWS Academy, available at CSCU institutions, visit

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