Too many workers, upon losing employment, remain unemployed for months at a time, even as thousands of high-growth jobs in the Information Technology (IT) industry are available. With the demand for IT professionals in an upswing, companies are  finding it difficult to locate appropriately trained professionals.

The InfoTech Jobs Program is an accelerated training program that recruits long-term unemployed adults from the greater metropolitan Seattle area and provides them with workshops, access to job readiness tools and the opportunity to build solid adaptability skills in order to respond to a fast paced, high demand environment.

The goal for students who participate in an InfoTech cohort is to get each participant certified in Cloud Computing via the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. Core objectives of the course include:

  • Recognizing terminology and concepts as they relate to AWS
  • Comprehension of the AWS Management Console
  • Understanding of AWS foundational services including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
  • Understanding of security measures and key concepts of AWS identity and Access Management 
  • Comprehension of AWS management tools, including Auto Scaling, Amazon CloudWatch, Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), and AWS Trusted Advisor

When: Monday – Friday

Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Each cohort will last approximately six weeks and cover the following outline: 

  • Introduction & History of AWS
  • AWS Foundation Service: EC2, VPC, S3, EBS
  • AWS Security, Identity, & Access Management: IAM
  • AWS Management Tools: Auto Scaling, CloudWatch, ELB, Trusted Advisor

Students must register for a cohort before the official first day of class. All upcoming InfoTech cohorts are open to any  student participant who meets the following requirements: 

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent

All cohorts are open to any individual with a diverse background, including but not limited to:

  • Those with criminal histories
  • Those experiencing homelessness
  • Veterans
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Professional training without student loan debt.

ULMS targets unemployed, formerly justice involved, and other individuals with diverse backgrounds and trains them for middle-skill occupations in the Information Technology (IT) industry – at no cost to the individual.

By placing unemployed participants into entry-level IT positions and coupling the work with training, participants in ULMS tech programs can progress to higher-wage occupations, become certified professionals and improve their economic stability without generating thousands of dollars in student loan debt.

Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than using a local hard drive or personal computer.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most user-friendly and broadly adapted cloud computing platform. AWS offers over 165 fully featured services from data centers around the world.

Millions of customers and businesses – including some of the largest tech companies, startups, and some leading government agencies – trust AWS to power their infrastructures, become more agile, and lower business costs.

Examples of large companies who currently use AWS services include, but are not limited to: Adobe, Air BnB, Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, ESPN, Samsung, NASA, Yelp, and more.

AWS skills are sitting high on the list of most in-demand skills for employers. Those who become AWS certified are more attractive candidates to companies who seek the best experts to maintain, update, and manage their AWS data and provide the best services to their customers.

In fact, 60% of cloud computing job postings on Indeed ask for skills related to Amazon Web Services.

Additional benefits to learning AWS include:

  • Authenticated tech expertise
  • Career advancement
  • Improve your tech skills
  • Increased pay scale
  • Top level tech training without student loan debt

The average entry level salary for a Cloud Administrator is $75,000 per year. AWS Certified Solutions Architects -Associate professionals earn an average salary of $121,292, over $13,000 higher than the average salary of top 15 IT certified professionals. The salaries for AWS skills in premium areas like Austin, San Francisco, Washington, or Boston are 25% higher than usual.

Other common jobs with AWS certification include:

  • Systems Administrator/Operator
  • Operational Engineer
  • Cloud Software Engineer 
  • System Integrator
  • Cloud Developer
  • Business Intelligence Engineer
  • Data Specialist