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Simon Elisha

Simon Elisha

Head of Solution Architecture

Public Sector, ANZ, AWS

Re-Skilling Adult Learners

AWS Educate launches the AWS Siklab Pilipinas in Manila, Philippines. The Siklab — a Tagalog word that translates to a flame and spark — provided cloud essentials training and a job fair for 400 students and 80 educators across 90 institutions.


Building a Technical Workforce

Cloud computing has been highlighted by LinkedIn as the #1 in-demand global skill for the past three years in a row, with Northern Virginia housing one of the largest concentrations of IT jobs in the nation. Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and AWS Educate collaborate to create an innovative degree offering, an associates degree with cloud computing specialization.

Re-Skilling Adult Learners

The California Cloud Workforce Project (“CA Cloud”), a consortium of 19 LA County community colleges and their sister high schools, designed a Cloud Computing Certificate in collaboration with faculty at Santa Monica College and AWS Educate. Intended to scale, CA Cloud sets a precedent for thinking big about global cloud curriculum.

Building a Technical Workforce

Singapore's National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) Learning Hub works with AWS Educate to reach a different audience — adult learners. Spearheading a global movement, the NTUC intends to train and re-skill 20,000 Singaporeans to build cloud computing skills before the end of 2019.

Eduard Likwong

Eduard Likwong,
Graduate of Malayan Colleges Laguna &
Graduate of SikLab

Eduard Likwong is an IT student with a passion for self-learning and new technologies. He was one of the attendees in the Siklab Pilipinas Event. Eduard's first experience with AWS was during his internship where he immediately developed the interest in cloud computing. Attending the Siklab Pilipinas further cemented his interest in taking up AWS as his career path, getting a job through the event and eventually becoming an AWS Certified SysOps Administrator.


Scott Ralls

Scott Ralls,
Northern Virginia Community College

Scott Ralls is the President of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). With over 70,000 degree students and 20,000 workforce students, NOVA is ranked the 14th largest and the 9th most diverse college or university in the United States. NOVA is nationally recognized for its efforts to foster socio-economic mobility, a focus that Dr. Ralls has attempted to accelerate through the college’s strategic plan, Pathway to the American Dream. Under Dr. Ralls’ leadership, NOVA is taking significant steps to further its impact in technology-focused workforce development including developing one of the largest and fastest growing cybersecurity programs in the nation and supporting the first apprenticeship program for AWS on the East Coast.

Dr. Patricia Ramos

Dr. Patricia Ramos,
Dean of Workforce Development
Santa Monica College

Dr. Patricia Ramos is the Dean of Workforce and Economic Development for Santa Monica College (SMC), one of the nation’s premier community colleges, serving nearly 35,000 students annually. As the Career Technical Education (CTE) administrative leader in Academic Affairs, she assists the College by developing partnerships with business and industry, labor groups, and other educational institutions to align SMC offerings with the current and projected workforce needs of the Los Angeles region.



Howard Stahl

Howard Stahl,
Department Chair
Computer Science and Information Systems
Santa Monica College

Howard Stahl is currently serving as Department Chair at Santa Monica College. He has been a faculty member the college for 18 years. Teaching and mentorship is one his great joys. His former students have gone on to get advanced degrees in Computer Science all across the world. He also loves to sing in his spare time and is an avid rower as well as a very nervous flyer.


Kwek Kok Kwong

Kwek Kok Kwong,
NTUC LearningHub (LHUB)

Kwek Kok Kwong has been the Chief Executive Officer of NTUC LearningHub (LHUB) since 2013. Under his leadership, LHUB has further strengthened its contributions as a key player in Singapore for training in IT, Workplace Safety and Health, Business Excellence, Security and Soft Skills. Prior to joining NTUC, Kok Kwong served with distinction in the Singapore Armed Forces for 27 years before retiring as a Brigadier General in 2012.


AWS Educate Member Builds Skills to Land Job as DevOps Engineer
AWS Educate Member Builds Skills to Land Job as DevOps Engineer
AWS Educate member builds skills to land job as DevOps Engineer



“When I had my first interview for cloud engineering, pretty much all the knowledge I discussed on that interview was based on what I learned from AWS Educate.”


Alfredo Colon
AWS Educate Member

BCIT Equips Students with Cloud Computing Skills with AWS Educate
BCIT Equips Students with Cloud Computing Skills with AWS Educate
BCIT Equips Students with Cloud Computing Skills with AWS Educate

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Using AWS and AWS Educate, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), equips students with cloud-computing resources and skills to help them succeed after they finish school. BCIT is one of Canada's largest post-secondary polytechnic schools. Students at BCIT use their AWS Educate credits for compute resources used in labs, including Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and Amazon Route 53. These exercises move from theory into practice, helping students get the skills they need to secure a job after graduation.

Raising Cloud Computing Literacy with the AWS Educate Program
Raising Cloud Computing Literacy with the AWS Educate Program
Raising Cloud Computing Literacy with the AWS Educate Program

Cloud Computing Skills Will Power a Future-Ready Singapore Workforce

The National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) Learning Hub (LHUB) will deliver courses, powered by AWS Educate, to train and reskill 20,000 Singaporeans before the end of 2019 as part of their workforce development program.

Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), in collaboration with the AWS Educate program, rolled out a Cloud Computing specialization as part of its Information Systems Technology (IST) Associate of Applied Science degree starting in Fall 2018. The program is one of the first cloud computing degrees in the nation offered by a community college.

Santa Monica College

The California Cloud Workforce Project (CA Cloud), a consortium of 19 LA County community colleges and their sister high schools, now offers a Cloud Computing Certificate. The CA Cloud curriculum was designed collaboratively by faculty at Santa Monica College (SMC) and AWS Educate, with the support of subject matter experts from AWS and other LA-based tech companies to equip students with cloud skills needed for careers in the tech industry.

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