The 85% pass rate was achieved by the students who finished the program.
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Amazon Web Services worked with a New York partner to offer free cloud computing certification training inside a D.C. jail for the first time.
APDS, an ed-tech company with a career readiness platform for people who are currently or formerly incarcerated, and Amazon.com Inc.'s cloud computing arm collaborated to offer a course for people who are currently or formerly imprisoned.
According to a statement announcing the pilot program last week, education and skills training are critical components of upward mobility. The foundation and inspiration needed for justice-impacted individuals to pursue meaningful employment can be provided by providing free access to the Amazon Web Services courses.
Arti Finn said that the program was piloted inside a housing unit. Two of the fifteen students were released before the 10-week program ended. Eleven students passed the exam.
Finn said living wage employment was the key to success for returning citizens. People with certificates and credentials are more likely to be employed in the tech sector where the average starting salary is higher.