New partnership offers students in Louisiana opportunity for degree in Cloud Computing

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that Amazon Web Services will help Louisiana’s community colleges offer cloud computing courses. (Photo credit: Lauren Heffker, LSU Manship School News Service)

By: Lauren Heffker, LSU Manship School News Service

Published: May 8, 2019

BATON ROUGE–The Louisiana Community and Technical College System is partnering with Amazon Web Services to implement the tech company’s Educate curriculum, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday.

The community colleges also will collaborate with Amazon to offer an associate degree in cloud computing.

“This is all about the talent pipeline,” Edwards said. “We want that in Louisiana, too.”

The partnership is the first step in a broader push to try to increase the workforce for high-paying tech jobs in the state, the governor said. Building an information technology and cybersecurity infrastructure has been one of Edwards’ goals this legislative session.

The credits from the 12 community and technical colleges will transfer to institutions in the Louisiana State University system, the University of Louisiana system and the Southern University system.

“The very nature of work is changing forever,” University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson said at the briefing.

Read more in WWNO.

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