Howard University announced Wednesday it is starting a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer advanced cloud computing courses that could lead to potential jobs at the company to its students.
The school will provide a curriculum toward in-demand cloud careers, which is developed together with AWS experts. It includes hands-on experiences to prepare students for the workforce according to the requirements of employers in the fields of cloud computing, machine learning and computer vision.
“Amazon launched the Howard Entertainment Program in 2019 to build the next generation of entertainment industry executives,” said Director Kim Majerus, US Education, State and Local Government at AWS. “As we expand our collaboration with the university, AWS is excited to support talented and ambitious Howard students on their cloud career journeys.”
There will be a new master’s degree program focused on data science and it will integrate cloud concepts into other areas such as business, computer science, and engineering.
Through their collaboration, Howard University and AWS will also build pathways for students to pursue in-demand cloud computing careers and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Students will be given access to a cloud-focused job board that includes full-time, early-career roles and internships at Amazon, as well as its partners and customers.
Howard University proudly announces a new collaboration with @AWS_EDU that will build pathways to technical careers with cutting-edge cloud computing courses and training resources for educators and prepare students pursuing cloud careers.
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“Howard’s collaboration with AWS is focused on empowering students at various levels to learn and master the skills needed for a cloud career, exposing them to exciting opportunities throughout their educational experience,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Anthony Wutoh about the initiative.
“We’re engaging our middle school to introduce concepts early on, and creating advanced courses to give our graduate students a competitive edge when pursuing cloud careers. We are also making sure our educators are skilled-up with the tools and resources required for teaching, learning, and creating entrepreneurial ventures for African American and minority communities,” he added.