Inspired by Amazon’s need for tech talent, community colleges in Dallas County and across Texas will offer a new degree that prepares students for careers in cloud computing.
Texas education leaders and Amazon Web Services announced the creation of associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs Thursday at a Dallas event attended by Secretary of State Ruth Hughs, the state’s higher education commissioner and several Texas lawmakers.
Local and state education leaders have looked for ways to strengthen Texas’ workforce and prepare students for jobs of the future. They’ve set an ambitious statewide goal — dubbed the 60×30 plan —that aims for 60% of Texas’ 25- to 34-year-old workforce to have a postsecondary degree or credential by 2030. About 44% of Texans in that age group currently have one. To do that, education leaders have backed early college programs and seamless transfers of credits between two- and four-year colleges.