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First Veteran Technical Apprenticeship Cohort on East Coast Graduates


Scott Ralls, President of NOVA

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Terry Dickerson, Jr.

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The Veteran Technical Apprenticeship Class

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This November the First Veteran Technical Apprenticeship cohort graduated, marking the completion of the apprentices’ on-the-job paid training! Each apprentice moved into full-time Associate Cloud Consultant roles at Amazon Web Services. Governor Ralph Northam, Amazon, Federal, state, and local officials attended the ceremony in support of the graduates.

The Amazon Veteran Technical Apprenticeship program offers veterans intensive classroom training at NOVA and on-the-job, paid apprenticeships with Amazon over several months. It is the first Amazon Associate Cloud Consultant apprenticeship program on the East Coast. Every student spent 16 weeks at NOVA earning a series of industry credentials. After completing the classroom portion of their training, they began their official apprenticeship with Amazon.

“We've found that veterans thrive at Amazon – their bias for action, ability to think big, and determination to deliver results make them a great fit here,” said Tammy Thieman, Army Reservist and one of the founders of the Amazon Veteran Technical Apprenticeship program. “The Amazon Veteran Technical Apprenticeship program connects a strong talent base with the technical skills needed for in-demand careers in cloud computing and other areas.”

“The partnership between AWS and NOVA is a great example of how business and education can, and should, collaborate to meet talent needs,” said Dr. Scott Ralls. “The Amazon Veteran Technical Apprenticeship program is built for the modern student, the tech-driven company, and the changing economy, and we congratulate the apprentices who are moving into their new roles today.”

Northern Virginia’s low unemployment rate and growth in the information technology sector created hiring challenges for companies seeking to fill 112,000 IT jobs over the next decade. The program is the first-of-its-kind to address increasing talent needs in northern Virginia by supporting the US military and veterans’ communities with a direct cloud computing career pathway.

“I applaud Amazon and Northern Virginia Community College for providing Virginia’s veterans and military communities with a direct and meaningful pathway to well-paid careers in a high-demand industry," Governor Northam said. "This partnership is a model for workforce development efforts across the Commonwealth. Virginia is committed to continuing our work with industries to ensure the credentials we create are easily employable and in demand.”

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.