Virginia universities and AWS announce cloud computing degree

George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College announced a new degree in cloud computing on Tuesday in partnership with Amazon Web Services’ Educate program. “This degree is the first of its kind to offer students a seamless transfer pathway from a 2-year associates degree to a 4-year associates bachelor’s degree in the cloud,” according to an announcement from AWS.…

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USAJobs.gov preps special ‘guidance’ as part of Trump’s ‘second chance hiring’ initiative

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log: JUN 18, 2019

Attention-grabbing guests like Kim Kardashian West were the focus last week when President Trump announced his “second chance hiring” initiative for former prison inmates, but now government agencies are getting in on the action. The government’s official federal hiring platform, USAJobs.gov, is preparing for its role in an initiative that is otherwise focused primarily on encouraging private sector companies

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A third of U.S. workers say they lack data skills

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log: JUN 12, 2019

Research by the online course provider edX reported on Tuesday that 39 percent of U.S. consumers they surveyed across industries feel they lack proficiency in data skills — though respondents also said they are reluctant to ask their employers for additional training. The survey, conducted by a 3rd-party data vendor, polled 1,000 adults, 917 of whom were or had previously been employed. Another 37 percent of the respondents said they lacked proficiency in soft skills like project management. And a quarter said they had been forced to seek outside help with technology they used at the workplace. The results point to the knowledge gap that workers suffer in the modern workplace, as artificial intelligence and automation change the demand for labor and displace jobs. These trends show no sign of slowing; the management consulting firm McKinsey and Company showed in a 2017 report that as much as a third of

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Congress wants to give DOD a top IT workforce recruitment official

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log: JUN 13, 2019

The latest versions of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would aim to upgrade the Department of Defense’s IT workforce by adding a new high-level position for digital recruitment. Provisions in both the House and Senate versions would make retaining a digitally capable workforce a priority. The new position included in the Senate legislation would

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