Carleton University has proudly joined a network of more than 2,400 organizations as a partner institution of AWS Educate. AWS Educate, an Amazon initiative, supports both educators and students; it provides members access to cloud-learning content, training, technology, collaboration tools and a job board for employment opportunities related to cloud computing. These valuable resources are available at no cost to faculty and students.
“Despite the challenges presented by the current pandemic, we remain committed as ever to helping students develop in-demand skills and preparing them for a rapidly changing society and workforce,” says David Hornsby, associate vice-president (Teaching and Learning) at Carleton University. “As part of that effort, we must also provide resources and tools to our faculty that will allow them to serve the needs of our students now and into the future.”
Carleton faculty members will be able to use AWS Educate to curate content specific to their courses, launch custom-built virtual classrooms to teach in-demand topics, integrate with cuLearn and access AWS Promotional Credits.
Students, while benefiting in-class from the resources afforded to faculty, will also be able to directly leverage out-of-classroom learning opportunities and career pathways—including attending online workshops and webinars geared toward building cloud skills, earning digital credentials and viewing coveted cloud computing job and internship opportunities—on the AWS Educate platform.
Over the coming months, plans will be put in place at faculty and department levels to integrate AWS Educate into existing programs and courses—including the Sprott School of Business’ intention to use AWS Educate as part of entrepreneurship courses and to add a requirement to its co-curricular Employability Passport.
“Sprott’s Employability Passport is a four-year career development program that allows students to develop job-ready skills outside of their normal course work,” explains Mawuena Torkornoo, manager of external relations at the Sprott School of Business. “With access to the AWS Educate platform, Sprott students can gain the technical and programming skills needed to satisfy the technology badge requirements of the Passport. Students studying business don’t typically learn programming as part of the curriculum, so those skills will really set them apart in their future careers.”
This new partnership endeavour will help students develop the skills needed to contribute to cloud-related careers in critical and growing industries.
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