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Amazon Web Services and Blue Mountain Community College offer a skills training program to help locals access new cloud computing career opportunities, regardless of their experience

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When Amazon Web Services (AWS) began building data centers in Northeast Oregon, the company saw an opportunity to offer the local community training to develop the skills they would need to pursue new careers in the industry — and Blue Mountain Community College was on hand to help.

In 2015, AWS teamed up with Peter Hernberg — who has taught math and computer science at the college in the city of Pendleton for eight years — to create the Data Center Technician Training Program. The one-year program is open to anyone, regardless of their background or skills, and prepares them for employment in data centers and the broader IT sector. In addition, AWS makes a total of $100,000 available in scholarships annually — vastly reducing the cost of participation for students.

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