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Mary Baldwin joins Amazon Web Services Academy to help bridge workforce gaps

Crystal Graham
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Mary Baldwin University has joined AWS Academy, an Amazon Web Services program that provides a ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum that prepares students to fill high-demand technology positions.

“We are proud to make the AWS Academy curriculum available to our students,” said Will Webb, executive vice president for academic affairs and dean of MBU’s Palmer College of Professional Studies. “The rapid rise of cloud computing is creating a growing number of high-quality jobs at organizations around the world, and the technical skills that students develop through this program will position them well for their careers today and in the future.”

Mary Baldwin’s status as an AWS Academy member illustrates the university’s focus on career-connected learning, employer partnerships and higher education innovation.

The AWS Academy content will give students a competitive advantage in an industry that’s experiencing explosive growth.

“Across many industries, the demand for cloud knowledge and skills exceeds the supply,” said AWS Academy Global Program Lead Tracy Applegate. “And talent shortages are expected to have severe consequences for individual companies and the communities in which they operate.”

AWS Academy curriculum was designed to help academia help fill the gap and bolster the global talent supply chain.

Courses provide students with an overall understanding of cloud computing concepts like core services, security, architecture, pricing and support.

Courses will be taught by MBU professors who are approved by AWS Academy.

“The data tells us cloud computing skills are the number one hard skill sought by companies right now,” Webb said. “Preparing our students and educators with industry-recognized cloud certifications is one way we are showing our commitment to workforce and career development for our students. This work aligns directly with Mary Baldwin’s mission statement to ensure professional success for our students by equipping them with the skills, experience, confidence, and credentials they need to navigate a dynamic global economy.”

For more information online, visit www.marybaldwin.edu

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.