Belhaven University Joins AWS Academy to Equip Students with In-Demand Cloud Computing Skills

April 23, 2024 (Jackson, Miss) – Today, Belhaven University announced its participation in AWS Academy, a program built by experts at Amazon Web Services (AWS) that will provide the University with cloud computing curriculum.

This move comes at an opportune time, with AWS initiating a $10 billion project in Central Mississippi, which is anticipated to generate numerous data science-related job opportunities in the area. Belhaven University aims to equip its students with the necessary skills to fill these roles.

Beginning in Fall 2024, students at Belhaven University can enroll in courses focused on cloud computing. These courses are tailored to teach the skills demanded by the industry, enabling students to tackle real-world business challenges and prepare them for AWS Certification exams.

“AWS Academy invests in higher education to bolster the worldwide talent supply chain, building a bridge between industry and academia,” said Jess Gilmore, Global Program Lead, AWS Academy. “We’re proud to support Belhaven University as it cultivates graduates with the real-world, in-demand skills to pursue cloud careers.”

As cloud adoption has accelerated, companies large and small around the world are investing in their future with the cloud and need individuals with cloud skills to help them achieve their goals. In fact, according to LinkedIn data, cloud computing is one of the top hard skills companies need.

AWS Academy provides higher education institutions with free, ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum, built by the experts at AWS, that fit into existing course structures and include lectures, hands-on labs, knowledge checks, and projects for in-depth learning experiences.

“We are proud to make the AWS Academy curriculum available to our students,” said Dr. Brett Andrews, Belhaven University's Dean of the School of Business and Program Director for Data Science. “The rapid rise of computing is creating a growing number of high-quality jobs at organizations around the world, and the technical skills that students develop through this program will position them well for their careers today and in the future.”

Belhaven University professors will receive complimentary professional development and mentorship to enhance their own research capacity and industry knowledge. Students will acquire the AWS Cloud skills they need to pursue industry-recognized AWS Certification and are ready to put these practical cloud skills to work in entry-level roles.