What is the AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program?

The AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program is for top-tier cloud educators who serve as ambassadors and evangelists for AWS Educate. These leaders share their knowledge and experience in teaching cloud computing with other educators at their institution, in their community, and around the world. Cloud Ambassadors are recognized in the education community, receive additional professional development, and are eligible for exclusive benefits for helping other educators provide cloud computing learning experiences for their students to prepare them for the modern workforce.  

Educators are chosen to join the program who:

  • Are experienced users of AWS academically or commercially
  • Have experience teaching students cloud computing concepts
  • Are willing to share their experience with the AWS Educate community
  • Are excited about participating in an educator community focused on furthering cloud education and preparing students for the modern workforce
 
Learn more about the 2019 and 2020 Cloud Ambassador cohort.
 
 

Member Benefits

Professional Development

  • Special training at select AWS Events
  • Incremental AWS Promotional Credit
  • Quarterly Tech Talks with AWS service teams
  • Collaboration with AWS and other Cloud Ambassadors on content development

Exclusive Access

  • Early access, under NDA, to select AWS services
  • Invitations to exclusive AWS events
  • Limited edition swag and gear
  • Access to AWS leadership
  • Discounted registration rate for AWS re:Invent

Recognition

  • Recognition at AWS events
  • Special designation in the AWS Educate portal
  • Inclusion in AWS Educate marketing
  • Ability to share thought leadership with the AWS Educate global community

AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Spotlight

Jill West

Jill West is AWS Educate's Cloud Ambassador of the Month. Learn how she uses AWS Educate in her classroom.

Jill West has authored or co-authored Cengage textbooks and digital courses for data communications, computing concepts, and CompTIA A+, Network+, and Cloud+ certification courses. With degrees in psychology and education, she has taught kindergarten through college using a variety of educational models, including flipped classroom approach, distance learning, hybrid teaching, and educational counseling. Jill currently teaches computer technology courses at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. In the world of textbook publishing, she is often recruited to help develop cutting-edge activity types, such as branching scenarios that enhance critical thinking and hardware simulations to improve problem-solving skills. Jill regularly presents at conferences and webinars on CompTIA certifications for students and train-the-trainer sessions for instructors. She serves as a member of the 2019 inaugural cohort of cloud ambassadors for AWS Educate.

  • Read More »

    Favorite Course to Teach

    With an appreciation for studying how people learn, Jill is constantly looking for better ways to support students in their learning process. She finds the psychology of learning, from metacognitive skills to teaching modalities, fascinating. Although she likes all the classes she has taught because she learns while teaching, her favorite class is Intro to Computers. Since almost all of the students at her school are required to take this course, the students have a wide variety of interests, skill levels, and backgrounds, from students who initially don’t know the difference between left-click and right-click to students who have built their own computers. 


    Connection to AWS Educate

    Jill discovered AWS Educate while writing Cengage’s course on the CompTIA Cloud+ exam. She’s always looking for resources to help instructors who teach in all different kinds of educational environments and AWS Educate stood out above other resources. Jill has found that when she presents at conferences, AWS Educate often rises to the top of the conversation and elicits the most interest.


    Cloud Integration

    In every course she teaches, Jill introduces students to the cloud. Students often don’t know what the cloud is, so there are lots of misconceptions to address. In the Intro to Computers course, Jill teaches how to store files in the cloud and the basics of what that means about where the files live. In the foundational CIST courses that have technology majors in them, students set up an Amazon CloudWatch alarm and spin up an Amazon EC2 instance. In the Cloud+ course Jill wrote for Cengage, students also work with Amazon S3, IAM, VPC, and other services. 


    Advice to Educators

    Jill advises to “keep learning. Stay at the edge of your comfort zone and keep pushing forward. Your excitement for what you’re learning is contagious and will help students better engage in their own learning process.”

BCIT Uses AWS Educate

To fuel the pipeline of technologists entering the workforce, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) uses AWS Educate to bring innovative tech to its students.

Trinity College Dublin

Donal O'Mahoney of Trinity College Dublin describes how AWS Educate gives him the flexibility to expose students to the normal AWS experience but in an academic-friendly way.

NOVA Launches First Cloud Degree

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) rolled out a Cloud Computing specialization as part of its Information Systems Technology Associate of Applied Science degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program is available in all locations where AWS Educate is available. The program is available to AWS Educate educator members who are employed at a public or private school, college, university, or nonprofit agency/organization. To avoid conflicts of interest, superintendents, college or university presidents, and other top-level leaders of organizations are ineligible for the program given their official roles for purchasing decisions. Exceptions are evaluated on a case by case basis by the AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program team and the AWS legal team.

    If you are not a member of AWS Educate, sign up today.

  • To become an AWS Educate Faculty Ambassador, educators must:

    • Be a member of AWS Educate. If you are not a member, sign up.
    • During the annual submission period, complete a brief Faculty Ambassador application in the AWS Educate educator portal. Annual submission periods are in Q1 of each year.
    • Create and submit an original video answering questions provided in the application. An example can be found in the AWS Educate educator portal.
  • In order to be a member in good standing, AWS Educate Faculty Ambassadors are expected to:

    • Attend a virtual kickoff event and participate in quarterly update calls
    • Complete member surveys
    • Participate in at least one special interest group
    • Stay knowledgeable about the effective use of AWS Educate's programs, features, and services
    • Evangelize AWS Educate and cloud instruction through at least two social media posts, blog posts, AWS Educate events, or user workshops annually. Cloud Ambassadors must also report their activities.

    Membership standing is evaluated every two years.

  • Professional Development
    • Special training at select AWS events
    • Incremental AWS Promotional Credit
    • Quarterly Tech Talks with AWS service teams
    • Collaboration with AWS and other Cloud Ambassadors on content development
    Exclusive Access
    • Early access, under NDA, to select AWS services
    • Invitations to exclusive AWS events
    • Limited edition gear
    • Access to AWS leadership
    • Discounted AWS re:Invent registration
    Educator Recognition
    • Recognition at AWS events
    • AWS Educate portal special designation
    • Inclusion in AWS Educate marketing
    • Ability to share thought leadership with the AWS Educate global community
  • An AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador is:

    • Innovative – They motivate students and peers to learn about technology, specifically AWS.
    • Effective – They go beyond creating cool things with AWS and show the results of their students.
    • An expert in AWS – They know AWS technology at an advanced level, and they stay on top of trends.
    • A community builder – They build relationships and strengthen ties within their academic communities and are willing to share their experience with the AWS Educate community.
    • They are excited about actively participating in a community of educators focused on furthering cloud education and preparing students for the modern workforce.

     

  • There is no cost to become an AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador.

Get started with AWS Educate today

Getting started with AWS Educate is simple. Register for an account today and take advantage of all that AWS Educate has to offer.

*The ability for employers to message students within AWS Educate and the AWS Educate Interview Accelerator are currently only available in the United States. AWS makes no recommendations regarding specific job listings or hiring companies. In addition, AWS assumes no responsibility for (i) the contents, accuracy, or completeness of any job listing, (ii) the availability or unavailability of any jobs referenced in job listings, or (iii) any communications between hiring companies and AWS Educate members that may result from job listings. Use of the AWS Educate Job Board features is subject to the AWS Educate Terms & Conditions.

AWS Educate provides its members with no cost access to learning content and AWS services designed to build knowledge and skills in cloud computing. It is available globally to students who are 14 or older, with the exceptions of China, Switzerland, and European Economic Area countries (16 or older); and Algeria, Lebanon, and Portugal (18 or older). The AWS Educate Terms & Conditions govern participation in the AWS Educate Program. Use of AWS Promotional Credits are subject to the AWS Promotional Credit Terms & Conditions.