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Hocking College Forms Partnership with Amazon Web Services Educate

by Tim Brunicardi on November 9, 2018

Hocking College recently received approval to partner with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Educate.


Hocking College’s Arts, Business & Sciences Department Dean, Ryan Rieder, stated that this is “a great opportunity for our students. With Amazon's large presence in Columbus, Ohio, partnering with Amazon Education will not only provide students with an in-demand workforce credential, but potentially be a large employer for our students fairly close to home.”

What’s the Goal of This Partnership?

The intention of this partnership is to incorporate the AWS curriculum into the College's existing computer science program. This will also result in students earning certificates that will ultimately make them more marketable in the workforce.

When Does this Partnership Go Into Effect?

This partnership is scheduled to go into effect in 2019. It was spearheaded by Hocking College’s President Dr. Betty Young and Computer Science Program Manager, Tasha Penwell, who’s currently in the process of completing her AWS training.

What is AWS Educate?

AWS Educate is a grant-oriented program for students, academic researchers, and educators. Their mission is to “teach tomorrow’s cloud workforce today.” Their long-term goal is to make the educational community more aware of Amazon’s public cloud services. 

How Will This Partnership Benefit Students?

Students who participate in this partnership will have the opportunity to earn AWS certificates in the following categories:

  • Role-based
  • Specialty-based

What Kind of Jobs Will These Certifications Help Students Get?

Students who obtain these AWS certifications will be qualified to fill the following positions: 

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  • Operational Support Engineer
  • Cloud Software Engineer
  • Cloud Developer
  • AWS Certified Developer Associate
  • AWS Solutions Architect

What Other Benefits Will These Certifications Offer Students?

Some additional benefits includes:

  • Validation of the holder’s level of knowledge and skill in cloud computing
  • Assisting graduates in securing job interviews
  • Expanding graduates’ salary expectations
  • Providing graduates with a clear pathway to potential recertification

Who Uses AWS Educate?

Currently, more than 1,500 institutions, over 10,000 educators, and hundreds of thousands of students use AWS Educate. In addition, there are well-known universities and companies that also use this program, including:

  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • Netflix
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • ESPN

For more information on the partnership between Hocking College and AWS Educate, contact Website and Applications Development Program Manager, Tasha Penwell, at penwellt31810@hocking.edu or by phone at 740-753-7181.  

For more information on Hocking College’s Cybersecurity and Network Systems Program, contact Cybersecurity and Network Systems Program Manager, Mark Riley at rileym24177@hocking.edu or by phone at 740-753-7209.

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