Governor Brian Kemp announced on June 9th that in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Georgia will train 5,500 students in cloud computing by 2024.
AWS will be working with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) to provide the training.
“This collaboration with AWS will ensure our citizens have access to innovative training and education to help prepare them for tech jobs in Georgia,” Governor Kemp said.
“Georgia’s rapidly growing technology sector and the state’s willingness to move fast to meet the demand was ideal. The combination of Georgia’s need for more tech skills training, the innovative education programs at TCSG, and the robust approach to career and technical learning at high schools through leadership at GA DOE were all catalysts for this collaboration,” Kim Majerus, Leader, US Education, State and Local Government at AWS said.
At Gwinnett Technical College they first began to offer AWS courses in the fall of 2020 with instructors who had previously been certified in AWS courses.
“We’ve been involved since the inception,” Rebecca Alexander, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Gwinnett Tech said.
They will be offering a virtual training course this summer to certify more instructors who will be teaching the AWS certification classes in the fall term. Currently, Gwinnett Tech has five instructors in cloud computing courses.
“We expect that more will be certified once they take the cloud practitioner certification exam,” Alexander said.
This fall the AWS foundations course will be offered in-person and online at Gwinnett Tech and other TCSG schools.
Through the TCSG eCampus platform, students from Atlanta Technical College and Savannah Technical College will be able to enroll in the course at Gwinnett Tech in the fall. They will expand in spring to add students from West Georgia Technical College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College.
Through the GADOE high school students in the Dual Enrollment program will be able to take an AWS certification course at TCSG schools.
Majerus applauded Governor Kemp for increasing opportunities for K-12 students that put them on a path for a career in technology.
Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods said they aim to certify 1,200 K-12 students in cloud computing.
“We are also thrilled to work with the Technology Association of Georgia to connect cloud talent to employment opportunities, and provide a critical focus on rural communities,” Majerus said.
TAG’s rural jobs initiative works to connect rural Georgians with careers in cloud computing and other technology-based careers.
In addition to AWS courses taught by certified instructors, self-paced online courses will be available to students.
“By investing in current and future talent, we can be sure innovation won’t outpace the workforce and we can continue to improve our communities,” Majerus said.
AWS certifications are recognized industry-wide for jobs in cloud computing.
This article is one of a series of articles produced by The Atlanta Voice through support provided by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Word In Black, a collaborative of 10 Black-owned media outlets across the country.