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Applications Now Open for Second Virtual Session of AWS re/Start Training at NCI

Martinsville, VA – November 11, 2020 – New College Institute (NCI) is currently accepting applications for their December – February AWS re/Start Training session. In a collaborative effort with Amazon Web Services (AWS), NCI is offering a free opportunity for Virginians to learn cloud computing skills and prepare for entry-level cloud computing careers such as Client Support Specialist, Data Center Technician, IT Support Specialist, and Software Support Technician. Cloud computing skills are one of the most in demand IT skills by employers.

For the second time, the session will be offered virtually. However, there will be three (3) locations – The NCI Baldwin Building in Martinsville, the Oxbow Center in St. Paul, and the  University of Virginia College at Wise facility in Abingdon, VA – available for learners to access the program on a case-by-case basis.

“Following the success of our first AWS re/Start Training session, we are pleased to again offer this exciting opportunity for job seekers in Southern and Southwestern Virginia,” said Karen Jackson, interim executive director of NCI. “With so many people losing jobs due to COVID, we are pleased to be able to provide training to support Virginia’s rural communities to learn new, in-demand skills, and find employment in a high-growth industry. Thank you to AWS and the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission for continuing to make this program possible and to UVA-Wise for helping us expand the program reach into Southwestern Virginia.”

AWS re/Start prepares learners for entry-level roles, including cloud operations, site reliability, infrastructure support, and technical-adjacent business support functions. Each cohort of learners in the AWS re/Start program is supported by professional mentors and accredited trainers, and completes a 12-week training featuring real-world scenario-based learning, hands-on labs, and coursework. The program also provides learners with resume and interview coaching to prepare for facilitated employer meetings and interviews.

“The industry demand for cloud adoption is far outpacing the number of new, cloud-savvy workers, leaving organizations struggling to find and hire the talent needed to implement cloud services. To overcome this systematic supply versus demand situation, cloud talent must be cultivated from non-traditional sources. AWS re/Start brings ‘net-new’ talent into the cloud ecosystem by skilling unemployed and underemployed individuals with little to no technology background and preparing them to launch a cloud career,” said Tejas Verde, AWS re/Start Global Team Lead.

For more information or to register for the re/Start program, visit [] or contact Ryan Orton