The Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Ivy Tech Community College have announced an initiative that will give high school and community college students access to cloud computing courses and certifications. Ivy Tech says the initiative will train, upskill, and certify at least 5,000 Hoosiers over the next two years to qualify for cloud computing jobs in their communities.
Ivy Tech says the initiative is in collaboration with Amazon Web Services.
“We are pleased to collaborate with AWS to bring this opportunity to Hoosiers across Indiana,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech. “As the state’s community college our focus is on bringing the education needed to earn credentials that result in high-paying careers right into the communities we serve. This is a perfect example of how being agile and partnering with our industry experts brings access to training that results in high-paying careers via the community college.”
To support the initiative, Ivy Tech says AWS will provide education institutions with free professional development, technical training, and certification exams for educators who will begin teaching cloud computing courses starting next fall.
“We recognize the economic impact that this collaboration will have on the citizens of this state,” said Fred Payne, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. “We will continue to support this initiative that will reinforce Indiana’s efforts to build and train the workforce of the future.”
As Indiana continues to attract more tech jobs to the state, Ivy Tech says the collaboration will increase access to education and skills training to secure jobs such as software development, cloud architecture, data science, cyber security, and cloud support engineers.
“If you look at how technology played a critical role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic—ensuring our children could continue to learn, allowing businesses to enable staff to work remotely, and keeping us safely connected virtually—skilled technical talent helped make this possible,” said Kim Majerus, leader, US education, state and local government at AWS. “As the economy recovers and organizations continue to develop life-changing solutions, we are thrilled to collaborate with Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development and Ivy Tech Community College to create agile and equitable reskilling and upskilling programs to unlock opportunities for Hoosiers to build new careers and get back to work.”
Ivy Tech says education institutions around the state are invited to participate in AWS education programs, including high school, career and technical education sites, community colleges, and universities.
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