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Amazon Adds Career Component to AWS Educate

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AWS Educate expanded its online options with 25-plus self-paced content modules called "Cloud Career Pathways."

Credit: ShutterstockCredit: ShutterstockAmazon's AWS Educate recently expanded its online learning options with 25-plus self-paced content modules called "Cloud Career Pathways" in an effort to expand cloud-related learning These tracks combine instructional videos, lab exercises, online courses, whitepapers and podcasts to provide in-depth coverage of select, cloud-related learning topics. These pathways align with four major job tracks, including Cloud Architect, Software Developer, Operations-Support Engineer, and Analytics and Big Data Specialist. Given AWS command position in the Big Data and cloud platform space, thee offerings are worth a look.

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Each Cloud Career Pathway incorporates a minimum of 30 hours of content designed to teach technical skills required for numerous cloud-related technical jobs. The coverage in each pathway element is intended to develop and build core skill sets across the four job families. Once a student completes a career pathway, he or she will receive a digital badge, along with certificates posted to their AWS Educate profiles. Either or both of these may be leveraged in job applications and social media postings. In addition, students may apply directly to relevant jobs posted on the AWS Educate Job Board, which provides pointers to full-time jobs and cloud internships at some of the top technology companies in the world.

Source: AWS Educate Source: AWS Educate While Amazon's AWS Educate is currently limited to students and educators attending (or working at) an accredited institution of higher learning, the program has a lot to offer. In addition to the Cloud Career Pathways, Amazon offers participants access to the AWS Educate Job Board, which puts candidates in touch with employers such as Amazon (naturally), Cloudnexa, Instructure, Salesforce, Splunk, Udacity and many others. This means that once students complete one or more of the pathways, they can start looking for work based on what they've learned in the program. By itself, that makes it worth the price of admission.

Cloud content, training, collaboration tools, the job board and access to AWS technology are available to students at no cost for those who join AWS Educate. Numerous academic institutions are also participating in the program, including Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell, Miami Dade College and the University of Pennsylvania, using Cloud Career Pathways to augment their computer science curricula.

"We have the ability to give students the opportunity to learn computer science skills through large hands-on projects on the AWS Cloud," said Dr. Majd Sakr of Carnegie Mellon. "With AWS Educate, we can offer projects at scale and be innovative, without needing to buy any on campus resources."

A total of 500 participant institutions appear in this Institutions list (PDF format) from the site, including colleges, universities, secondary and other schools (and school systems) from all over the world. For those who are attending or heading to school, and interested in computing, this could be the proverbial "killer deal." If you qualify, be sure to check it out.