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Technical Training for the Future Cloud Workforce

This week, the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) and AWS celebrated the first cohort in the Pathways Scholarship program. The program is designed to create tech opportunities for the under and unemployed in Washington, DC, by providing a program with resources, training, employment, and ongoing support. This is a collaboration between the DC government, AWS, and local nonprofit organizations focused on technical training.

At the launch event at Washington DC’s Inclusion Innovation Incubator (In3), Tricia Davis-Muffett, Senior Leader for AWS Public Sector Marketing said, “without engaging the whole population of available tech talent, our customers will not be able to build, our partners will not be able to build, and we will not be able to build. It is critical for us that we engage every person in the technology revolution.”

Every person and organization involved with the program is committed to building an inclusive environment within their own organization. The individual path that an organization takes will be unique, but the outcome must be the same – include the excluded, train the untrained, and employ the under and unemployed.

The organizations involved include the nonprofits Byte Back and Thinkful, along with mentoring support from In3 and The Mentor Method.

With thousands of open technical and non-technical roles at AWS and within our customers and partner organizations, AWS aims to be at the forefront of training and building the future tech workforce.

To get started with training or learn about our inclusion efforts, visit https://aws.amazon.com/we-power-tech/.