PWCS leading the way in cloud-computing skill readiness
Posted on 10/15/2019
Cloud over school. Four circles with a phone, ipad, laptop, and computer screen in each. Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) is excited to partner with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in their recently announced cloud computing education initiatives. PWCS students will be able to gain exposure to the important role of cloud computing and the employment opportunities that skills in this field offer.

“By embedding the AWS Educate program into their curriculum and collaborating with community colleges, four-year institutions and employers with workforce needs, PWCS is providing students with an on-ramp to high-demand careers in the cloud,” said Andrew Ko, Director of Global Education Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We applaud PWCS for their forward-thinking career readiness programs which provide workforce development opportunities for students of all backgrounds in their district”

PWCS is a leader in information technology (IT) opportunities for students, with two IT specialty programs and several schools offering cybersecurity and other computer related coursework. As a result of PWCS collaboration with AWS, PWCS will be able to infuse cloud computing related content to this rapidly changing coursework that helps to prepare students for the dynamic job sector in Northern Virginia.

This effort is greatly enriched by collaboration with Northern Virginia Community College and the early college opportunities that dual enrollment courses provide our students. PWCS is also excited about the prospects of new courses and instructional resources that Virginia’s partnership will Amazon will bring to schools throughout the Commonwealth.

Beyond the classroom, PWCS is a national leader using cloud technology, including the implementation of the new student information system, The Hub. PWCS is one of the largest school divisions in the United States to utilize the Synergy platform on the Amazon Web Services Cloud.