1 October, 2022

30 One thousand students could benefit from Amazon Web Services 'Skills in the Cloud' program

Jose Alejandro Rojas, Minister Counselor for the Facilitation of Private Investment.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The Association of Private Universities of Panama (AUPPA) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) they launched this wednesday 17 February, the program "Skills in the Cloud for Panama", an initiative with AWS Educate, AWS Global Program to Accelerate Student Learning and Preparation for Future Jobs in Areas Needing Cloud Computing Knowledge.

This project will promote the preparation of Panamanian university students in technical skills demanded by the labor market, and it will be a tool to inspire young people to innovate and build technological solutions in times of great global challenges.

AWS Educate provides students and educators with access to curated and open source content that includes 12 career pathways in the cloud; has promotional credits from AWS; Technical formation, content from courses and educators around the world, and also integrates an employment portal with opportunities according to the professional career paths in the field of the cloud.

Laura Gimenez, Commercial Counselor of the United States Embassy in Panama.

Among the careers associated with this program are, web development engineering, Application developer, software development engineering, development operations engineering, data integration specialist, cybersecurity specialist, cloud support engineering, Machine Learning scientists, data scientists and solution architecture.

At the same time, benefits for educators are contemplated, ranging from access to curated and open source content from AWS Educate, provision of access to students through AWS Educate in virtual classes, opportunities to be an AWS Educate ambassador, and free access to the e-learning course, among others.

"As universities we have the challenge of catching up with technology, generating a human resource aligned with what the state and private companies require at this time ", noted Dr.. Mayra Fernanda Vargas, President of the AUPPA.

Meanwhile, Jose Alejandro Rojas Pardini, Minister Counselor for the Facilitation of Private Investment, stated that the National Government, who leads the president, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, “Bet on the digital economy for the development of the country, so that, junto a Amazon Web Services, manage this alliance, starting with the Technological University of Panama. Today we are proud to support its expansion to eleven higher education institutions, whose students and teachers will have free access to professional training in the field of cloud computing, making your way into an innovative industry, creative and rapidly expanding, contributing to the knowledge economy and promoting Panama as the digital ‘hub’ of the region ”.

Julio De La Lastra, President of Conep.

To the date, have been trained more than 100 Panamanian teachers. This type of training helps to know the true needs of the country in terms of professionals related to careers concerning the cloud and how to have technology in the pensums quickly.

“From the private sector, We congratulate them for the initiative to prepare our human resources in the required competencies in the face of the so-called 'new normal'. Access to the cloud and new platforms or technological trends will require management and knowledge by our staff to take advantage of them effectively and efficiently ", stated Julio De La Lastra, President of the National Council of the Private Company CONEP.

The member universities of the AUPPA bring together 30.000 students and close to 3.000 teachers who could benefit from enrolling in these trainings.

Interview with Abby Daniell, Business Development Manager for AWS in Latin America, Canada and the caribbean.

“At AWS we seek to collaborate with governments and educational institutions in the mission of contributing to the development of the workforce. Cloud Skills for Panama is part of an important commitment that AWS assumes to train 29 million people worldwide before the 2025. It is critical to prepare new generations for the new careers of today and tomorrow, with tools to strengthen technology learning and encourage their curiosity during the digital transformation that is happening ", says Abby Daniell, Business Development Manager for AWS in Latin America, Canada and the caribbean.

To the date, This program has brought together more than 3,500 institutions and thousands of students around the world who have embarked on their career path to cloud-related jobs and skills.