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AWS boosts learning at Humber College

Steve Rogerson
October 10, 2019

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is helping Humber College in Ontario transform the student and campus experience by addressing the skills gap, broadening academic delivery, increasing programme options, and enhancing technology and innovation across the college.
Humber students and staff will benefit from AWS tools, products and programmes. The primary initiatives include:

  • AWS will provide Humber's infrastructure services in the cloud in support of the college's cloud strategy;
  • Humber becoming an AWS Academy Institution and AWS Certification testing centre;
  • Development of the first comprehensive full-time cloud computing Ontario graduate certificate in Canada targeted for launch in autumn 2020;
  • Access to hands-on tools such as AWS DeepRacer, a fully autonomous 1/18th scale race car, for Humber students and faculty to integrate into curriculum and to conduct applied research at the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation; and
  •  Students and IT staff will be using Amazon Echos to pilot the first "go smart with Alexa" programme in Canada in which they will create custom Alexa skills that will provide relevant and important information for Humber residents, students and employees.
"Humber continuously looks for unique and transformative ways to deliver experiential learning opportunities for students as they prepare for a rapidly changing workforce," said Rani Dhaliwal, senior vice president at Humber College. "Collaborating with AWS strengthens our IT infrastructure, adds to our programme options, supports applied research and enhances our digital capabilities, all of which combine to improve the overall student and campus experience."
Other initiatives that are underway include work-integrated learning opportunities for students within all areas of AWS, a lecture series featuring Humber and AWS experts, and joint advocacy to all levels of government focusing on ways both parties can work together to help address the skills gap in Canada.
"We are seeing postsecondary institutions in Canada adopt the cloud to be more competitive and provide a better learner experience," said Rejean Bourgault, Canada country manager for AWS. "Our work with Humber College is exciting not only because of cloud-first approach to technology, but because of the commitment to helping further cloud education in Canada and integrating technology tools from AWS in the artificial intelligent and machine learning space directly with student curriculum."
The AWS-Humber collaboration is also an example of how higher education and global businesses can work together to develop opportunities for students and employers.
"Our government is committed to making Ontario open for business and open for jobs," said Vic Fedeli, Ontario minister of economic development, job creation and trade. “Innovative partnerships that help to address skills gaps are important in ensuring Ontario workers are well-equipped for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
Humber College provides career-focused education to more than 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses. Credentials include honours undergraduate degrees, graduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates. More than 85 per cent of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies.