Texas schools, Amazon team up to prepare students for cloud computing jobs
University of Houston student Valerie Smith sat in the front row of her classroom, drawing and labeling boxes with fluorescent colored pens. But what looks like doodles on a page in her notebook are in fact notes to help her remember some of the basics of cloud computing — a newer technological venture for many companies and Texas educational institutions.
Cloud computing, a practice that allows the storage, management and processing of data through remote servers on the Internet rather than a local or physical computer (think Google Drive), is becoming more and more common, and education leaders want to prepare students for related job opportunities as more companies migrate their systems to the cloud.
State officials and education and workforce leaders announced in September a partnership with Amazon’s IT service management company Amazon Web Services that will bring cloud computing education to K-12 schools and colleges across Texas. The program launched in the Dallas, Irving and Houston independent school districts, as well as at three four-year universities and 22 community colleges. The colleges in the Houston region include Prairie View A&M University, Houston Community College and Lone Star College.
The courses, via Amazon Web Services’ “AWS Educate,” will provide universities with the tools to train professors and support cloud computing learning for students by building computer and data related skills through additional curriculum and degree programs. Students ages 14 and up, will have access to a self-paced, no-cost curriculum as well as training and job boards.