Taos (taos.wpengine.com), a leading provider of infrastructure services, is thrilled to announce that it is teaming with Year Up (www.yearup.org), a national nonprofit with Bay Area presence, to provide urban youth, with a one-year, intensive IT-focused training program. Taos and Year Up have been awarded an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Education Grant in support of this program.
With its AWS in Education Grant, Taos is able to facilitate a rigorous 12-week LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and Python) training, fully equipping students with a virtual platform to install the technology stack while learning each individual component. The students will also be awarded AWS credits after completing the class, which will allow them to further their technical training and development in web 2.0 technologies.
The partnership between Taos and Year Up is an example of how technology can play an important role in education to ensure relevant, in-demand skills are being taught and students are better prepared for today’s new technology eco-system.
“We were kind of the pilot class… it was a really rigorous program that I volunteered to go through. We started with about 20 students and ended with 9 or 10. I was proud of myself for finishing the course, and leading future classes to participate.
You learn a lot. You start with your own emulated Linux boxes, and you install Red Box. We went all the way from setting up our Apache servers to creating our own websites. It’s really educational; I learned a lot.” – Bryan Goodson, Part of the first Taos/Year Up LAMP stack elective class