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Nevada and Amazon to Train 2,500 in Cloud Computing

Amazon Web Services will work with Nevada public schools, the state’s higher education system and the state’s workforce innovation office to fill thousands of jobs over the next three years.

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Nevada officials announced plans last week to prepare more residents for work in cloud computing, as demand for qualified IT applicants continues to grow across industries digitizing operations.

According to a news release from Nevada’s Office of Workforce Innovation, the Nevada System of Higher Education, Department of Education and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have partnered to train and certify 2,500 Nevadans in cloud computing over the next three years. Officials said the partnership will provide cloud computing education courses and certifications across the state in high schools and universities.

“Nevada will benefit greatly, and Nevadans will have access to high paying and meaningful careers,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said in a public statement.

According to data from the labor market data company Economic Modeling Specialists International (ESMI) cited by the state, Nevada recorded 9,601 unfilled cloud computing jobs last year, among 61,700 cloud computing job postings.

Noting the need, the announcement said AWS will provide professional development and certification exam resources for teachers to help launch new training courses.

“As thousands of cloud computing jobs go unfulfilled in Nevada and across the globe, AWS is providing curriculum, resources, and tools to help learners gain new or improved tech skills,” Amazon Web Services’ vice president of U.S. Education Kim Majerus said in a public statement. “Nevada is a leader in entertainment and tourism, and we are thrilled to support education, policy, and industry leaders as they expand the state’s tech economy and introduce residents to new and exciting career opportunities.”

The company, which announced plans in 2020 to train 29 million people in cloud computing by 2025, has collaborated with other states to implement similar IT workforce training initiatives, according to the news release.

Last year, the company partnered with officials in Washington to train 2,500 students in cloud computing. However, the announcement said, Nevada will be among the first to have three or more state organizations collaborate on cloud computing training.

“We believe this collaboration will open educational and training opportunities for our students and instructors that will prepare our graduates for careers in Nevada’s fast-growing tech job market,” said Caleb Cage, vice chancellor of Workforce Development and chief innovation officer of the Nevada System of Higher Education, in a public statement.