Tech giants and 2-year colleges are teaming up to teach in-demand skills

“When Howard Stahl, a computer science professor at Santa Monica College, attended a cloud computing summit hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) five years ago, he walked away inspired. “I called up my department chair and said ‘Nobody is doing this,'” he recalled of his proposal to create courses in cloud computing. “‘This could be pretty good.'” “Pretty good,” it turns out, was an understatement. Stahl went on to collaborate with AWS to create a cloud computing certificate that has proven wildly popular. When Santa Monica began offering it, in 2017, classes filled on the first day of enrollment — 110 days before the start of the fall term. “

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