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Georgia, AWS launch cloud talent initiative

Georgia is partnering with Amazon Web Services to provide cloud computing training and education to 5,500 high-school and technical college students by 2024.

A collaborative initiative between the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), the Georgia Department of Education, the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and AWS will offer courses and credentials that equip students with skills needed for in-demand cloud computing jobs.

Georgia will work with the AWS Academy to provide educational institutions with no-cost, ready-to-teach cloud computing curricula, according to a press statement. Teachers at participating institutions will receive instructor training from AWS experts and have access to a limited number of free AWS certification exams so they can qualify to become AWS Academy-accredited educators. Students can also access self-paced online training courses and labs from AWS.

AWS Academy offers courses and learning resources that enable students to develop a range of skills in the AWS Cloud. Courses cover foundations of cloud computing, developing, architecting, operations, machine learning and data analytics. The lessons are delivered through online courses, hands-on labs and project work. 

In Atlanta, the number of tech jobs has increased by 46% since 2010, but there are over 125,000 cloud computing jobs unfilled in Georgia, according to Economic Modeling Specialist International.

AWS will work with TAG to funnel new cloud talent -- even those tech workers in rural areas -- to in-demand careers in cloud computing with TAG member companies.

“Members of TAG expect us to fuel the innovation economy,” TAG President and CEO Larry Williams said. “The path between skilled workers and company needs runs through all communities, including those in rural parts of a state. In our home state, we partner with TCSG to develop and recruit talent right where they live in rural Georgia so they are ready to work remotely for top technology companies, including AWS.”

“The tech industry in Georgia is rapidly growing with exciting job opportunities for Georgians,”  Gov. Brian Kemp said. “This collaboration with AWS will ensure our citizens have access to innovative training and education to help prepare them for tech jobs in Georgia.”

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