Pasadena City College, as part of the California Cloud Workforce Project, will soon begin offering a regionally recognized cloud computing certificate program to its students, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its AWS Educate program.
With this collaboration, PCC students will have access to a 15-credit certificate program that focuses on in-demand cloud computing skills, whose demand is increasing especially among Los Angeles-area industries.
“There is a huge growth opportunity in the field of cloud computing, and we’re thrilled to collaborate with CA Cloud (another name for the California Cloud Workforce Project) to bring AWS cloud-focused education and training to high school and college students in the greater Los Angeles area,” Andrew Ko, Director of Global Education at AWS, said. “We’re excited to see this level of collaboration at a regional level, bringing essential IT education and skills to a growing workforce to meet the demand for tech-focused jobs in LA.”
PCC is one of 19 Los Angeles-area community colleges and their high school partners which comprise the California Cloud Workforce Project that announced the collaboration with Amazon and AWS Educate Thursday.
The inter-system education collaboration advances the ambitions of the state’s Strong Workforce Program and the Los Angeles Center for a Competitive Workforce (CCW) to align local talent development systems, K-12 institutions, workforce boards, community colleges, and four-year universities with the future labor needs of key LA industries.
“We are proud to pioneer high tech industry-recognized training that creates unprecedented opportunity for underrepresented students at our colleges and their high school partners,” Dr. Francisco C. Rodriguez, Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, said. “This program will prepare LA’s residents for sustainable and high-wage careers in one of the most important fields that is transforming business practices in private and public sectors.”
As part of this initiative, PCC will be partnering with at least one high school in the greater Los Angeles area, including those in economically-disadvantaged communities, to offer concurrent enrollment in the 15-credit certificate program and other support program, including professional development opportunities like curriculum development workshops and AWS training courses.
Cloud computing – which delivers vast data capacity to organizations of all shapes and sizes without requiring expensive on-site servers – is widely considered the biggest growth arena in technology today. LinkedIn has highlighted cloud and distributed computing as the No. 1 in-demand global skill for the past three years in a row.
According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), the local demand for cloud computing talent is increasing in the County, and an estimated 2,500 annual job openings for each of the next five years across all Information Technology occupations are predicted at current trends. The forecast was prepared by the LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics.
With the cloud computing certificate program, enrolled students at PCC and the other community colleges will have complimentary access to AWS Educate, where they can in turn access AWS Promotional Credits for use with real-world project-based assignments, instructional content and activities, micro-credentials, and access to the AWS Educate Jobs Board, the LAEDC said.
The CA Cloud curriculum will be also shared globally through AWS Educate, so that institutions and educators around the world may follow a similar model to develop and implement cloud computing-focused programs.
“CA Cloud and the corresponding cloud computing program embody the kind of industry-responsive, future-forward and scalable talent development initiatives we envisioned and are driving here in LA through the Center for a Competitive Workforce,” said Bill Allen, CEO of LAEDC, which houses the CCW. “CA Cloud provides pathways to high-tech jobs for students from underserved communities who haven’t been as well represented in tech companies, and will be great for our communities and employers that are increasingly seeking diversity. By developing the next generation of cloud professionals, we are taking important steps to build LA’s talent pipeline not just for today, but for tomorrow.”