Hawaii DOE | HIDOE, UH, and Amazon Web Services Announce New Collaboration to Increase Access to Cloud Computing Education

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), University of Hawaii’i System (UH), and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new collaborative effort to train, develop, and certify cloud computing skills students over the next three years to create pathways to technical jobs. This initiative will provide access to cloud computing training courses that align with high school and higher education certifications.

As nonprofits, large enterprises, and public sector agencies increasingly rely on cloud computing technology to achieve their organizational goals, skilled technical talent continues to be in high demand at the nationwide and in Hawaii. According to labor market data firm Emsi, there were more than 9,600 unique job postings requiring cloud computing skills in Hawai’i between August 2021 and July 2022.

“The cloud has become the predominant method for rapidly deploying new information systems and services,” said UH President David Lassner. “We are excited to enter into this new statewide engagement with AWS, one of the world’s leading cloud service providers, and the Hawaii Department of Education, to plan how we will work together. to provide real-world AWS skills and certifications to Hawaii residents and students at all levels across the islands. »

Through this initiative, organizations in Hawaii will work with the AWS Academy Program to provide educational institutions with a free, ready-to-use cloud computing curriculum that prepares students for industry-recognized AWS certifications and to in-demand jobs in the cloud.

Educators at participating institutions will have access to Instructor Training. Students can also access self-paced online training courses and labs from AWS. This collaborative effort aims to establish a talent pool in the high school through higher education workforce, with a short-term goal of training and certifying 150 learners by 2025.

“This is an exciting time as we align K-12 education and higher education with workforce development and emerging sectors in Hawai’i – such as IT and cloud computing. – to ensure that our students are the best candidates for high-skilled, high-paying, in-demand, future-oriented jobs,” said HIDOE Superintendent Keith Hayashi. “We look forward to working together to strengthen our shared commitment to preparing our future leaders for Hawaii’s workforce needs.”

The initial AWS training programs will be piloted at ‘Aiea and Pearl City High Schools and this effort is designed to help prepare students for internships, apprenticeships and pathways to additional cloud skills training.

“The future of work is being shaped by evolving technology where roles in software development, data science, cybersecurity, machine learning and more often require cloud computing skills,” Kim said. Majerus, Vice President, US Education, State and Local Government at AWS. “As we try to imagine future jobs that don’t currently exist, cloud computing technology will be a driving force in creating these exciting new careers. AWS is proud to partner with Hawaii’s political, educational, and government leaders to prepare learners for the in-demand careers of today and help individuals gain the fundamental skills to pursue the jobs of tomorrow.

HIDOE Superintendent Keith Hayashi, UH President David Lassner, and Mark Ronaldson, Sales Manager, State and Local Government at AWS, formalized the collaboration during a signing ceremony at Pearl City High. School.

“It gives us a leg up on other students and other people entering the workforce,” said Xander Engelman, a senior at Pearl City High School. “Giving these certificates allows us to get the jobs and internships we all want and need.”

“Providing workforce development opportunities for our students will allow them to access competitive career paths and live right here at home if they choose,” added Senator Bennette E. Misalucha, who advocated for this collaboration to provide access to AWS education. programs. “I would like to thank our national education officials for their commitment to training the next generation in areas of increasing demand, such as cloud computing.”

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