Launch a career in technology with Amazon Web Services (AWS) re/Start. Goodwill and AWS re/Start are collaborating to offer a tuition-free, full-time skills development program for unemployed or underemployed individuals looking to jump start their career in cloud computing. Through scenario-based learning, hands-on labs and coursework, participants will gain the skills they need for an entry-level cloud role. In the program, participants will also focus on professional skills such as adaptive communication, time management, resume building and interviewing to prepare for employer meeting and interviews. Participants will learn cloud computing skills and prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification with free access to practice and full exams. 

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2023 Training Dates

Enrollment Period Assessment Period Interview & Selection Program Dates
Now – March 24 April 3 – 6 April 10 – 26 May 15 – August 11

Info Sessions

  • We’ll be hosting an in-person information session for those interested in taking this program on Wednesday, March 29, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus, located at 5301 Wilkinson Boulevard in west Charlotte.
  • Can’t make it in person? We’ll also be hosting two virtual discussions for those interested in taking this program on Tuesday, March 28, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 29, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. You can join a virtual discussion here.

Course Timeframe

The AWS re/Start program lasts 13 weeks. Class meets in person at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. On Fridays, participants can meet virtually or in person from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Participants must attend all classes (Monday – Friday) as scheduled.

Certification Opportunities

Participants will prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification. Testing will take place during the final week of class.


In order to apply to the AWS re/Start training program, you must complete an assessment and go through an Interview & Selection process. You must have a high school diploma, GED or its equivalent. Participants should be job-seeking candidates who have a basic understanding of how computers work; this includes navigating email and how to use basic document and spreadsheet software, such as Word and Excel. Those who enjoy problem solving that requires analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills are also preferred.

Requirements for Completion

To successfully complete the AWS re/Start training program, you must:

  • Successfully complete all class and program requirements.
  • Have no more than three (3) absences
  • Take the certification exam at the completion of the program.

What Skills Will I Learn?

Through hands-on interactive sessions, you’ll learn technical, behavioral and mindset skills to prepare you to launch a career in the cloud.

Technical Skills

  • How cloud computing works
  • AWS Cloud skills
  • How to use different programing languages
  • Build skills aligned with AWS Certification – you’ll prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification

Behavior & Mindset Skills

  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Job Search Support

As a participant in one of Goodwill’s training courses, you’ll have access to a Career Navigator who can help you with your resume and interview skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with our Employer Engagement Team, who can help you find and secure employment.

How to Apply

    • If you’re interested in this program and you live within our service area, fill out our application form then follow the prompts to schedule a virtual appointment.
    • If you’re unable to reserve a virtual appointment or would rather meet with one of our team members in person to begin your application process, we also accept walk-ins at all of our career centers.

    Still Have Questions?

    If you still have questions about our training courses, complete our training inquiry form, and someone on our team will be in touch with you soon!