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AWS Educate Expands to Include Job Board and Free Training

AWS Educate Expands to Include Job Board and Free Training

AWS Educate launched about a year ago as a resource library for students and educators to use AWS more. Since launching AWS Educate in May 2015, over 500 institutions have begun to use it. The total number of Students using the platform has not been released…

AWS Educate provides an academic gateway for the next generation of IT and cloud professionals. Looking at this whole program from a student perspective is a great thing. Free resources for AWS Cloud Education including credits for hands-on experience with AWS technology, training, content, career pathways, and job board.

“AWS Educate hasn’t just been beneficial, it has been transformative. We have the ability to give students the opportunity to learn computer science skills through large hands-on projects on the AWS Cloud. With AWS Educate, we can offer projects at scale and be innovative, without needing to buy any on campus resources. Students have been eager to bring these timely cloud skills to their first jobs, and I’m thankful that AWS Educate can help.” – Dr. Majd Sakr, Carnegie Mellon University

AWS Educate will feature 25 modules, referred to as “Cloud Career Pathways,” that Amazon said will include videos, lab exercises, online courses, whitepapers, and podcasts. Altogether, there will be at least 30 hours of training each in four professional areas: Cloud Architect, Software Developer, Operations-Support Engineer, and Analytics and Big Data Specialist.

Completing these Cloud Career Pathways(CCP) will give the user “digital micro-credentials in the form of badges and certificates that appear on their AWS Educate profile,” AWS says. And AWS will link the learner up with relevant jobs being posted from various companies including Amazon itself. This is a similar model to that of treehouse.com or codecademy.com. Although, following the CCP straight from Amazon approved curriculum may carry more weight, especially with AWS Educate partnered employers.

“We built AWS Educate with a vision of helping to cultivate a cloud-enabled workforce. It’s been inspiring to see students from every corner of the globe – from Brooklyn to Bombay to Singapore to Seoul – embrace AWS Educate, eager to digest learnings from top computer science courses, and get their hands on their first Amazon S3 bucket,” said Teresa Carlson, WP, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS.

“Based on that vision, we are taking the program one step further and adding a connection to employers who are in need of the cloud skills students can learn on AWS Educate. We’ve designed Cloud Career Pathways that will help students get targeted experience and skills, and placed those side-by-side with relevant jobs from some of the most in-demand technology employers today.”

AWS Educate Student Program Benefits:

AWS Credits (annually renewable):

  • AWS Account: $100 in credits at member institutions; $40 in credits at non-member institutions
  • AWS Educate Starter Account: $75 in credits at member institutions; $30 in credits at non-member institutions

AWS Training:

  • Access to AWS Technical Essentials Training Course (a $600 value)
  • Free access to labs

Curated Content:

  • Ability to select personalized learning pathway with 30+ hours of content per path
  • Earn digital badges that showcase cloud skills
  • Free access to AWS content for homework, labs, or self-study

Collaboration Tools:

  • Student Portal access
  • Student portfolio to store projects in one place
  • Access to Job Board and job postings

Click Here to view AWS Educator Program benefits.

The only issue I can see so far, and I may not be 100% correct on this, is that you have to already belong to an official learning institution, college, university to sign up. Why not open this up to anyone anywhere? The job board is for listing entry-level AWS position, which would include someone changing career paths.

You will also have to apply and your application will be reviewed before acceptance. It’s not made clear if this is a manual or automated process, or what the criteria is for acceptance at this point.

Sources:
https://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161019005697/en/Amazon-Web-Services-Adds-Capabilities-AWS-Educate

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