The Texas Association of Community Colleges, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services Inc., is launching a statewide initiative to enable access to cloud computing education courses and certifications for students in community colleges. It aims to train, reskill and certify 50,000 Texans, over the next three years, to qualify for cloud computing jobs in their local communities.
This statewide program is part of the Texas Reskilling & Upskilling through Education (TRUE) initiative. In support of this initiative, AWS aims to equip TACC with professional development and technical training. It will also provide a select number of certification exams for those educators, instructors and faculty who will begin teaching cloud computing courses to their students starting next fall.
“Texas proudly boasts the best workforce in America, and we’re pleased to partner with AWS on this initiative that will reinforce Texas’s efforts to build and train the workforce of the future,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “As Texas continues to attract more high-tech jobs to the state, this collaboration will help provide Texans with the education and skills they need to secure good-paying jobs and provide for their families.”
AWS education programs provide education institutions with ready-to-teach, cloud computing curriculum that prepares students for AWS Certifications, qualifying them for local in-demand cloud jobs. Institutions across the state may participate.
“The Texas Reskilling & Upskilling through Education initiative aims to prepare all interested students for in-demand careers, accelerating their transition to work while also building an enduring education infrastructure to support a thriving Texas economy throughout the diverse regions of the state,” said Jacob Fraire, president of the TACC. “Our colleges are thrilled to work with AWS and their local customers to bolster our talent pipeline of cloud-ready professionals.”
Training For High-Paying Certification
According to LinkedIn, cloud computing is one of the most in-demand hard skills for the past five years. Two AWS Certifications appear on the top 10 highest paying certifications list by Global Knowledge (2020). Data from Economic Modeling Specialists International identified 348,709 unique job postings in Texas requesting cloud computing skills in 2020. More than 13 percent of those jobs specifically requested AWS skills. Only a select number of Texans currently hold an AWS Certification. This thus creates a significant skills gap for local employers interested in hiring technical talent to fill open roles.
“Community colleges have become unique centers for workforce development, providing specialized training that help learners develop specific skills to meet industry needs,” said Kim Majerus, leader, U.S. Education, State and Local Government at AWS. “Cloud technology is helping all industries and sectors rapidly innovative, and community colleges can serve as a hub to help learners continue to advance their skills. With Governor Abbott’s leadership, we are thrilled to collaborate with TACC and TEA as we invest together in the current and future workforce of the great state of Texas.”
Local employers can look forward to the potential of building a new pipeline of cloud-skilled candidates to meet the needs of the local Texas workforce.
“It’s a simple concept really: align industry needs with quality training programs that provide Texans with an efficient and effective path to in-demand skills for the 21st century,” said Justin Yancy, president of the Texas Business Leadership Council. “Having employers collaborate with the development of new industry-aligned credential programs is a recipe for success and will lead to a more prosperous economy in our state.”