This article was published in the 5th Issue of InterGlobix Magazine. To view this article on the InterGlobix website, click here.
Sparking Innovation in Southern Virginia
When Microsoft and Mid-Atlantic Broadband collaborate, innovation happens.
Published in Issue 5 | December 2020
It is not every day a global IT company makes a large investment in rural America. Southern Virginia, however, has benefited from multiple investments by Microsoft since 2010. Mid-Atlantic Broadband (MBC), a 501(c)4 nonprofit open-access middle mile fiber provider, with a mission of economic development leadership for Southern Virginia, has been a key partner to Microsoft in this region since the beginning. What started with MBC enabling open access fiber connectivity to the Microsoft data center in Mecklenburg County has grown and transformed into a partnership between MBC and Microsoft TechSpark to promote digital skills and employability through the creation of the SOVA Innovation Hub.
In August 2010, Microsoft announced the largest economic investment in the history of Southern Virginia— they would invest $499 million to locate their Gen4 data center in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. They needed a powerful fiber connection, and Mid-Atlantic Broadband’s (www.mbc-va.com) open-access fiber optic network was up to the task. Cited as a key component in Microsoft’s decision to locate in Mecklenburg County, MBC provided Microsoft the access they required to diverse, high capacity, low latency routes for connectivity from the data center to major carrier interconnection points throughout the eastern United States.
Since 2010, Microsoft has expanded their Mecklenburg data center several times, and MBC has continued to support fiber connectivity to the growing facility. In 2015, MBC and Microsoft supported the formation of the IT Academy at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) to boost the pipeline of qualified data center employees. The SVHEC IT Academy was duplicated at Southside Virginia Community College and then became the model for Microsoft Data Center Academies worldwide.
THE SOVA INNOVATION HUB
In April 2019, another partnership between MBC and Microsoft was conceived through an initiative called Microsoft TechSpark. Microsoft TechSpark fosters job creation and economic opportunity in seven North American communities by promoting digital skills and employability, increasing access to broadband, and helping local organizations thrive. The SOVA Innovation Hub was announced as the signature project for TechSpark Southern Virginia.
The SOVA Innovation Hub is a non-profit organization created to spark economic transformation in Southern Virginia by inspiring people to pursue digital careers and entrepreneurship by bringing together business and education partners to offer innovative programs.
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Microsoft snaps up land at three industrial parks
By Susan Kyte
SoVaNow.com / December 23, 2020
Microsoft Corporation has purchased all or most of the land in three industrial parks located in Mecklenburg County — Hillcrest Industrial Park in South Hill, Roanoke River Regional Business Park located between La Crosse and Brodnax, and Lakeside Commerce Park near Clarksville.
All three land transfers occurred in the past week.
Details are scant on the transactions, through which Microsoft Corporation acquired nearly 900 acres of land from five local economic development entities — the Mecklenburg County IDA, Brunswick County IDA, Town of Clarksville EDA, Chase City EDA and the Town of South Hill.
The Mecklenburg and Brunswick industrial development authorities share ownership of the Roanoke River Regional Business Park. Economic development authorities in Clarksville and Chase City own the Lakeside Commerce Park on U.S. 58 together with Mecklenburg County, and the Town of South Hill owned Hillcrest Industrial Park.
When contacted about the sale, Mecklenburg County Administrator Wayne Carter said he was not at liberty to disclose any information, though he did confirm that the closings had occurred.
Carter also said that Microsoft did not acquire all of the property located in the Roanoke River Regional Business Park. That park is home to American Industrial Heat Transfer, Inc., which manufactures heat exchangers, and it also houses a 50,000 square foot shell building on a 10-acre site near the entrance onto U.S. 58. Both properties were excluded from the sale.
Two buildings located inside the Lakeside Commerce Park near Clarksville — which serve as home to VETS, Inc., a technology services company, and Home Care Delivered, a medical supplies and equipment company — also were not included in the sale.
Clarksville Town Manager Jeff Jones said the Clarksville EDA still owns a 340-acre parcel that abuts Occoneechee State Park and the Lakeside Commerce Park. This land also was not included in the sale.
Detailed questions about the transaction were directed to representatives of Microsoft’s public relations agency. The staff will be away from the office until Jan. 4, according to an auto reply message received by The Sun.
In September, in anticipation of the transfer, South Hill Town Council approved a change to the town’s zoning ordinance to allow data centers to be located in industrial I-G and I-P districts as a matter of right. The ordinance defines “data center” as a “group of networked computer servers typically used by organizations for the remote storage, processing, or distribution of data.”
When asked about the reasoning behind the change at the time, town officials said it nothing more than a routine matter that would allow the property to be marketed to a broader business clientele.
The 138-acre Hillcrest Business Park sits at the interchange of I-85 and Highway 1 on the northern edge of South Hill near VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.
Promotional materials about the park developed by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) note that the park “can easily accommodate a 1.128 million square foot facility, has a 500,000-gallon water storage tank and a helipad on site, and a fiber node,” a common network box for internet service.
Lakeside Commerce Park is described by VEDP as a 650-acre park that features a campus-like setting that is perfect for technology companies from an existing fiber node. It is accessed from U.S. 58 just east of downtown Clarksville and Occoneechee State Park.
Roanoke River Regional Business Park is located between La Crosse and Brodnax off U.S. 58. The business park was qualified by Dominion Power for data center projects. Its location provides quick access to both Interstate 85 and 95, and the nearby Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport.
Since 2010 when Microsoft began construction of its data center in Boydton, the company has invested more than $2 billion in the project and built more than 1.1 million square feet of space to house its cloud computing equipment. The Microsoft cloud computing campus represents the largest economic investment in southern Virginia history.
Carter thanked Microsoft for its tremendous contribution to the economies of Mecklenburg County and its continued involvement in the area.
Microsoft is a publicly held corporation established in 1975 and headquartered in Redmond, Wash., with revenues surpassing $100 billion and more than 134,000 employees worldwide. The computing giant has created nearly 1,800 jobs in Virginia. Approximately 300 of those have been in Mecklenburg County.
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Microsoft TechSpark celebrates third anniversary, looks forward to 2021 as construction wraps up at new South Boston headquarters
Microsoft TechSpark will have a new headquarters in the new year — in a newly constructed, state-of-the-art building in downtown South Boston.
The program is celebrating the third anniversary of its founding, and in 2021, the Southern Virginia region of the program will be based on the first floor of the SOVA Innovation Hub at 715 Wilborn Ave.
“TechSpark is a civic program that’s aimed at job creation and economic growth in rural communities,” explained Jeremy Satterfield, Microsoft TechSpark Southern Virginia manager. “Southern Virginia was one of the seven regions chosen by Microsoft to deploy the TechSpark program.”
Satterfield shared a list of accomplishments Microsoft TechSpark has made in the past three years, and with the opening of the SOVA Innovation Hub, he anticipates the expansion and continued success of those programs.
“Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) has expanded into every high school in the Southern Virginia TechSpark region, Girls Who Code clubs have sprouted up in Halifax County and Mecklenburg County, free public WiFi networks were deployed in Boydton and Clarksville, the ChangeX program was launched, and of my signature project, the SOVA Innovation Hub, was announced,” Satterfield detailed. “There are numerous organizations in Southern Virginia that are doing phenomenal things, but our hope is that bringing those existing organizations, and new ones, together, we will help drive impact deeper throughout the region.”
The Hub is a collaboration between Microsoft and Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation. The building in which the Hub will be housed is still under construction, and Satterfield estimated the doors of the Hub would be open in mid-February 2021. It is the first new building to be constructed in downtown South Boston in more than four decades.
In the midst of a global health pandemic and a time of economic uncertainty, the two-story, 15,000-square-foot SOVA Innovation Hub dominates the landscape of the town of South Boston like a lighthouse guiding captains of ships in the darkness of a stormy night. And like the captain of a ship navigating and charting a vessel’s course, Microsoft TechSpark seeks to give Southside Virginia residents the skills to compete in today’s high-tech workforce. New job creation in the area is a potential impact of the innovative collaboration at the Hub.
“The intent for the Innovation Hub has always been to bring programming and training opportunities to the residents of Southern Virginia. We see the opportunity to work with individuals in every stage of their lives, K-12 students, college students, career changers and those life-long learners,” Satterfield said. “We can certainly envision that technology based jobs and opportunities could spawn from collaborative innovation, but our primary focus will be bringing those programming and training opportunities to the forefront for Southern Virginia residents.”
The Micosoft TechSpark Southern Virginia manager said he sees one of the organization’s programs, the Girls Who Code Club, growing “exponentially” with the opening of the SOVA Innovation Hub, because partners will be on site to assist with the launching of new clubs.
Satterfield related that the Girls Who Code Club was started after he held an event in Halifax County with the Mentor Role Model Program in April 2018. Microsoft TechSpark decided to launch a Girls Who Code Club in partnership with the Mentor Role Model Program and the Halifax County Middle School, and the club has actively met for two years.
“That particular program focuses on girls in diversity and was designed to work with children to give them exposure to things they normally could not get exposure to,” explained Angela Townes Yancey of the Mentor Role Model Program. “It really opened up the doors of opportunity for a lot of these young ladies to see that coding can be so many things. It can be creating web pages…It can be fun, it can be interesting.”
Yancey said taking the Girls Who Code class in the sixth grade opened up her daughter Aniyah Yancey’s eyes to a new career pathway. Before taking the class, Yancey, who is now in the ninth grade, had expressed an interest in becoming a nurse but did not like the sight of blood.
“Girls Who Code opened a door for her because she realized that she doesn’t have to be a nurse to help people. Now she decided, she wants to go into information technology, but in the nursing field – IT and health occupations,” Yancey said.
Microsoft TechSpark is committed to providing technology-based educational training opportunities not only to school-aged students but also to adults seeking to upgrade their workforce skills.
Microsoft recently partnered with gener8tor and the SOVA Innovation Hub to bring a free, virtual, self-paced upskilling program to residents across Southern Virginia to help them sharpen their knowledge and abilities in customer service/ sales, Satterfield shared. The participants completed the five-week program on Nov. 20. and are currently working with mentors and coaches to identify and apply for employment opportunities.
While having a skill set in technology has always been important to be competitive in today’s workforce, the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need for those technology skills with many employees working remotely from home, Satterfield commented.
“At a time when a record number of Americans are working from home across the United States, most rural residents lack vital digital skills that can unlock opportunities in the new digital economy,” Satterfield stated. “In such an important time in history, we chose to partner with gener8tor and SOVA Innovation Hub to bring an upskilling opportunity to the residents of Southern Virginia that will position them to compete for advanced jobs regionally, as well as nationally. This new skilling opportunity will allow our lifelong residents to remain in the region while securing gainful employment.”
Yancey for one sees Microsoft making a home in South Boston at the SOVA Innovation Hub and bringing more opportunity to the residents here as a major plus for the area.
“I think having Microsoft here is a wonderful initiative,” she said. “Hopefully having Microsoft here will create doors that can be opened and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center will give us the resources to open the doors.”
Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If We Build It, Will They Come? Lessons from Open-Access, Middle-Mile Networks
by Jordan Arnold & Jonathan Sallet
Published by the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society
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Photo of Lauren Mathena courtesy Invest Southern Virginia
November 19, 2020 – While the business case for rural broadband has been debated, panelists at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s monthly webinar on Wednesday concluded that rural broadband enhances local economies.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband was able to establish an open access network that has supported the flourishing of many other industries, explained Lauren Mathena, director of economic development for Mid-Atlantic Broadband.
Because of this network, Microsoft was able to build a data center in southern Virginia that has invested substantially in the community, including the establishment of a data center academy that the software company has used as a model for countless others across the world.
Hardide, a British top content provider, was also able to connect their headquarters in the UK to their Virginia plant remotely through Mid-Atlantic’s network.
Screenshot from the webinar
The network has supported business parks and health companies, as well as encouraged partnerships with local electric coops and Commonwealth Connect, Virginia’s broadband coalition.
Indraneel Kumar, principal regional planner at the Purdue Center for Regional Development, found that rural broadband firms created and supported more than 77,000 jobs across different industries in 2017. In a study called “Job Creation from Rural Broadband Companies,” he and his colleagues concluded that rural broadband companies were significant economic drivers in their communities. For every job created in broadband led to almost two additional jobs were created in the economy.
All important aspects of community life are supported by broadband
Joshua Seidemann, vice president of policy for rural broadband association NTCA, said that all the important aspects of a community—jobs, education, and access to good healthcare— could all be supported by broadband.
Jobs that had a telework component during the pandemic lost just half a percent of employees, versus 2.7 percent for non-telework jobs.
A school in Kansas was able to help students take a virtual fieldtrip to Yellowstone National Park using the school’s gigabit connection provided by Golden Belt Telephone association.
An NTCA’s paper on “Anticipating Economic Returns of Rural Telehealth,” published as part of the association’s smart rural community program, found rural telehealth could save an average of $30,000 per year. That’s from lost wages for travel expenses that would otherwise have been incurred when rural residents had to travel to the facilities.
He also said that rural telehealth has increased the local laboratory and pharmacy revenues, ranging from $12,000 to $45,000 annually.
He concluded with the example of a medical center in South Carolina that through telepsychiatry has been able to reduce the average stay of patients from 36 hours to 4 hours. “Imagine the cost savings,” he said.
As we celebrate the third year of Microsoft’s TechSpark program, we’re focused on bringing digital skilling opportunities to our local communities—and for us in Southern Virginia—we’re thrilled about the doors that are opening for our residents and organizations.
At a time when a record number of Americans are working from home across the U.S., most rural residents lack vital digital skills that can unlock opportunities in the new digital economy. In such an important time in history, we chose to partner with gener8tor and the SOVA Innovation Hub to bring an upskilling opportunity to the residents of Southern Virginia that will position them to compete for advanced jobs regionally, as well as nationally. Economic development has always been tougher for rural communities, and the current pandemic has made things even more challenging. This new skilling opportunity will allow our lifelong residents to remain in the region while securing gainful employment.
TechSpark Southern Virginia chose to partner with gener8tor and the SOVA Innovation Hub to offer a free, virtual, self-paced program aimed at enhancing participants’ skills in customer service and/or sales. We received more than 150 applications from across Virginia during the short application window, and ultimately selected 35 participants from the Southern Virginia TechSpark region who began the five-week program on October 19th.
Our partner at the SOVA Innovation Hub, Lauren Mathena, Director of Economic Development and Community Engagement for Mid-Atlantic Broadband, had the following to say about our work together on the initiative:
“We are excited to be working with gener8tor and Microsoft to bring this opportunity to the citizens of Southern Virginia. The goal of the SOVA Innovation Hub is to inspire people to pursue digital careers and entrepreneurship, and the skills taught in this program are critical to success in these fields. COVID-19 has made us even more aware of the importance of technology for the future of work. The gener8tor Upskilling program is providing people in Southern Virginia with enhanced digital skills to advance their careers and improve their lives.”
Skilling for the new digital economy will be invaluable for our rural communities, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Here is how one of the participants, Emily J., summed up her experiences to date:
“Having the guidance and support this program has provided is invaluable. Working one on one with a career coach and working through LinkedIn Learning modules has helped me see and pursue more career options for growth I wouldn’t have otherwise. I believe the opportunities this program provides will help change the employment landscape of Southern Virginia that much faster.”
As we head into the winter holidays, finding and keeping a job with a living wage will be increasingly important to so many families. If you’re in the Southern Virginia area and would like to get involved and start your upskilling journey, visit our website gener8tor upskilling and be sure to take a look at Microsoft’s global skilling initiative as a first step. You’ll be glad you did!
TechSpark Spotlight: Through the TechSpark program, Microsoft partners with communities to understand their unique regional challenges and to explore solutions, programs, and partnerships that will be most effective locally. This first-hand account is part of the Microsoft TechSpark Spotlight series that shines a light on each community we serve.
MBC HOSTS SENATOR MARK WARNER TO DISCUSS BROADBAND EXPANSION
On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Mid-Atlantic Broadband (MBC) hosted U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) to discuss MBC’s 1,900-mile fiber optic network, plans for expansion, and other economic development programs MBC is involved with in the Southern Virginia region. “If there is one thing we’ve all learned from COVID, it is that broadband connectivity is not a ‘nice to have’, it is an absolute necessity,” said Senator Warner.
Senator Mark Warner visits South Boston. (Photo Credit: WSET)
When MBC was formed in 2004, Warner (then Governor of Virginia) helped MBC negotiate a unique public-private partnership resource sharing agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) that allowed MBC use of state-owned rights of way in exchange for installing fiber along those routes. A year later, in 2005, Warner helped kick off construction in Appomattox County and signed a map showing the first proposed routes of the MBC network.
Tad Deriso, President and CEO of MBC, described how, after the initial years of grant funding for capital investments from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, MBC has operated in a financially sustainable manner. One of MBC’s key growth strategies is to expand network reach through mutually beneficial partnerships with local, regional, and national Internet Service Providers, content providers, and other fiber optic network operators.
Deriso also discussed how the MBC network is enabling last-mile connections to the home through partnering on projects like Microsoft Electric Cooperative’s EMPOWER network and Central Virginia Services’ Firefly Broadband. Halifax County Administrator Scott Simpson, P.E., who was also in attendance at the meeting, shared that MBC’s network has been vital component of last-mile expansion in Halifax County.
MBC also updated Senator Warner on the SOVA Innovation Hub, a 501(c)3 non-profit created in early 2020 with investments from MBC and Microsoft TechSpark. Lauren Mathena, Director of Economic Development and Community Engagement for MBC explained that Southern Virginia is one of seven regions in North America selected to participate in TechSpark, a Microsoft civic program that fosters job creation and economic opportunity.
Mathena described how the SOVA Innovation Hub will spark economic transformation in Southern Virginia through its programs, which focus on digital skills and entrepreneurship, and its facility, which is the first new construction in downtown South Boston in over 40 years. Set to open in January 2021, the 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility will be the new home of MBC corporate offices and will be the headquarters of TechSpark Southern Virginia. The first floor includes a coworking space, training classroom, and a first-of-its-kind Microsoft Experience Center. The Microsoft Experience Center will be a place to showcase cutting–edge digital applications related to local industries like agriculture, manufacturing, and healthcare. Programs will focus on digital skills.
Mathena gave an overview of the variety of programming initiatives in development for the SOVA Innovation Hub, including a partnership with CodeVA, a non-profit with a mission to bring equitable computer science education to Virginia students. Through the SOVA Innovation Hub, CodeVA will create and develop educational programming for the newly formed Computer Science Teachers Association Southern Virginia (CSTA SOVA) Chapter.
Since its founding, MBC has been a proponent of the economic advancement of Southern Virginia. Along with broadband expansion, MBC’s mission is to reinvest in the communities it serves.
When Senator Warner signed the map in 2005, MBC was just starting its journey. This visit, Senator Warner signed a map with “Congrats you’ve come a long way!” – a map that shows the now nearly 2,000 miles of MBC open-access middle mile fiber network that is making critical connections throughout Southern Virginia.
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Sept. 25, 2020
gener8tor, SOVA Innovation Hub and Microsoft Announce Job Skills Training Efforts in Southern Virginia
Alliance Uses Cohort Model to Offer Job Seekers Training, Support and Placement
SOUTH BOSTON, VIRGINIA – gener8tor, SOVA Innovation Hub, and Microsoft today announced an effort to launch gener8tor Upskilling, a free training program to help Southern Virginia residents get critical digital skills for in-demand jobs. The program will kick off its first, virtual class on Oct. 19, 2020.
gener8tor Upskilling Southern Virginia will be open to all Southern Virginia residents seeking to develop new skills or enhance existing skills in Customer Service or Sales.
This five-week, cohort-based program will include:
- Self-paced virtual curriculum from Microsoft and LinkedIn to learn skills for in-demand Customer Service or Sales roles, and earn certifications and badges;
- One-on-one concierge support from the gener8tor team on the skills content, plus coaching on interview skills and resume, LinkedIn profile and cover letter writing;
- Virtual access to a network of peers who can support each other and form a community;
- And opportunities to interview with companies ready to hire candidates with these skills.
At the end of the five-week program, participants will have the ability to leverage the resources of these organizations to access a job in their community or at national companies hiring for virtual jobs.
“The pandemic has forced us to look at the widening digital divide in our community. Through Microsoft TechSpark, we are committed to helping people gain the skills they need in order to move into available jobs within the digital era,” said Jeremy Satterfield, Manager of TechSpark Southern Virginia at Microsoft.
“gener8tor is focused on helping communities invest in themselves in projects just like this,” said Joe Kirgues, Co-founder and Partner at gener8tor. “We are excited to partner with the SOVA Innovation Hub and Microsoft to help people learn new digital skills and get the experience they need to succeed in jobs with local and national employers.”
“We are excited to be working with gener8tor and Microsoft to bring this opportunity to the citizens of Southern Virginia,” said Lauren Mathena, Director of Economic Development and Community Engagement for Mid-Atlantic Broadband and SOVA Innovation Hub. “The goal of the SOVA Innovation Hub is to inspire people to pursue digital careers and entrepreneurship, and the skills taught in this program are critical to success in these fields.”
Microsoft recently announced its global skilling initiative, which seeks to help 25 million people worldwide whose jobs have been affected by COVID-19 gain new skills by the end of the calendar year. Nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor will leverage its proven accelerator playbook, which provides individualized mentorship and coaching to startups across the country, to help individuals get upskilled.
For more information on how to participate, visit gener8torupskilling.com/southern-virginia.
gener8tor’s turnkey platform for the creative economy connects startup founders, musicians, artists, individuals, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships.
About SOVA Innovation Hub
The SOVA Innovation Hub is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created by Mid-Atlantic Broadband (MBC) and Microsoft to spark economic transformation in Southern Virginia. By bringing together business and education partners to offer innovative programs, the goal of the Hub is to inspire people in Southern Virginia to pursue digital careers and entrepreneurship. The new, state-of-the-art SOVA Innovation Hub facility in South Boston, Virginia includes a coworking space, a training space, and the Microsoft Experience Center.
Tad Deriso, MBC’s President and CEO, was named to the Virginia Business Top 500 – The 2020 Power List, recognizing him as one of Virginia’s top business leaders!
View Tad’s Top 500 profile here.
View the Top 500 – The 2020 Power List here.
Martinsville, Va. – New College Institute (NCI) is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide cloud computing skills development and job training through the AWS re/Start program. The first AWS re/Start cohort at NCI is scheduled to begin in Fall 2020 (Download Flyer). NCI and AWS will host informational AWS re/Start webinars on August 5 to provide details on employer, partnership, and participant opportunities.
“This is an amazing opportunity for job seekers in Southern and Southwestern Virginia,” said Karen Jackson, interim executive director of NCI. “We are proud to be working with AWS to provide training that will empower more people in Virginia’s rural communities to learn new, in-demand skills, and find employment in a high-growth industry. ”
AWS re/Start prepares learners for entry-level cloud roles, such as 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 employer meetings and interviews.
NCI’s AWS re/Start program will primarily be available to unemployed and underemployed populations in Southern and Southwestern Virginia. Applicants from other areas of Virginia will be considered on a space available basis. According to the Virginia Employment Commission, almost 400,000 Virginians are currently unemployed due to COVID-19. In addition, according to Emsi labor market data from July 2019 to June 2020, Virginia has the third largest number of cloud related job postings in the United States with almost 300K cloud related jobs posted. NCI is proud to create opportunities for more people, from more backgrounds, to engage in workforce training in such a high-demand, high-growth arena. AWS and the AWS Workforce Development team continue to focus on opportunities to support unemployed and underemployed individuals in Virginia.
“The Information Technology (IT) industry is facing a substantial talent deficit that can only be addressed by attracting more Americans into cloud computing and IT careers, including those without traditional technology educations or experience. The AWS re/Start program is a springboard to help Virginians prepare for and successfully enter entry-level careers in cloud computing. 1901 Group is excited to leverage AWS re/Start and NCI to help identify, attract, and hire more Virginians to fill our demand for cloud computing talent, especially at our Enterprise IT Operations Centers in Southwest Virginia,” said Brendan Walsh SVP Partner Relations at 1901 Group.
“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 Vashi, AWS re/Start Global Team Lead, AWS Training & Certification, Amazon Web Services, Inc.
For more information or to register for the AWS re/Start program click here or contact Brian Stanley email@example.com or 276-403-5605.