VSEDC is excited to partner with Amazon!

VSEDC’s Best Buy Teen Tech Center (BBTTC) is excited to start a digital partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS)! We will start offering certification preparation courses for piloting drones and using the customer relationship management software Salesforce, thanks to funding from Amazon to support and enhance digital education and innovation for South LA’s community youth and adults.

Mr. Jerry Burns, Hardware Development Engineer I for AWS Center for Quantum Computing says, “Working with (VSEDC) Best Buy Teen Tech Center South LA is an incredibly rewarding experience. As a non-profit focused on providing deeply engaging after school STEM programs for underserved youth, they are doing transformative work in the surrounding community. The passion of their staff and volunteers is contagious, and it’s been a privilege to support their mission of making STEM Education accessible to all students, regardless of their background. Knowing that we are helping foster the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers through hands-on learning is tremendously gratifying. I’m proud to be even a small part of the wonderful things this organization is doing.”

VSEDC’s BBTTC Program Manager Thai Buckman adds, “Jerry is a great partner who initiated this wonderful partnership. He pulled together the team that helped with funding and bringing in volunteers and mentors. We look forward to working with Jerry and his team!”

This premier digital partnership will launch October 2023 with two important certification preparation programs. All certification prep programs are open to the community youth and adults, and will take on a hybrid schedule.

  1. Drone Certification Preparation Program
    We will offer 2 levels of drone certification preparation courses.
    • The first level is for the Recreational UAS Safety Test “TRUST” certification where you will be taken through basic drone guidelines such as drone education and testing on important safety and regulatory information. This is a total 10 hour course.
    • The second level is for the “Part 107 Drone Pilot License” certification. This is a more immersive program that will help you understand the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying drones, and prepare you to become certified as a drone pilot. This is a 6 month course.
  2. Salesforce Certification Preparation Program
    • This course prepares you to understand the basic administrative functions Salesforce offers. These include introductions on how to use Salesforce’s customer relationship management which will especially help VSEDC’s small business clients achieve efficiencies and reporting. Non-VSEDC clients can also sign up to participate.

We are excited to launch these new digital courses with Amazon!

To sign up or for more information on the certification courses please email slatech@vsedc.org.

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