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Chevron Collaborates with AWS re/Start to Empower Underprivileged Individuals on Cloud Computing

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A batch of 48 scholars funded by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI) recently graduated after completing training in the field of cloud computing under the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re/Start program.

Late last year, Chevron Philippines Inc., marketer of the Caltex brand of fuel and lubricants, partnered with to launch a program focused on providing digital training on cloud computing for underprivileged youths under the AWS re/Start program. is a social enterprise that utilizes online platforms to connect learners with educational opportunities and foster career awareness. CPI is offering support to aspiring professionals, especially underprivileged youth, and equipping them with the skills and knowledge in Cloud Foundations, Linux, Cloud Adoption Framework, databases and networking, and soft skills.

This is the first time that Chevron, known for its award-winning learning programs such as the Caltex Mentor Program and Fuel your School, will be focusing its support on cloud computing skills.

Out of 50 qualified scholars selected by from all over the country, 48 scholars successfully graduated from the program. All scholars met face to face for the first time and celebrated their graduation after passing with flying colors. Graduates of the program acquire the technical skills for designing, managing and optimizing cloud infrastructures, demand for which is growing among employers.

Kymberlyn Valbuena, the topnotcher among the graduating batch, notes how her experience with AWS re/Start is a testament to the life-changing power of accessible and inclusive education. Initially, she feared that her background may disqualify her for the program. She was surprised to learn of the program’s openness, diversity, well-structured curriculum, and hands-on laboratory and lessons. Through the support of CPI and AWS re/Start, Kymberlyn rose beyond her anxieties and emerged as a top learner.

“When I learned about the program on social media, I immediately applied though I wasn’t sure if I was qualified. If you are having doubts, I would like to encourage you to just try [AWS re/Start] because it is open to everyone regardless of their background,” said Kymberlyn.

“I truly appreciate and value the program sponsored by Chevron. I gained not only technical knowledge,but also personal skills such as communicating and socializing with other people,” she added.

“The AWS re/Start program is Chevron’s first social investment (SI) program in the digital sphere, and it fills us with much pride to see our dear scholars break boundaries and thrive in the field of technology. Our scholars’ unwavering resolve and talent in cloud computing will undoubtedly take them to great places. It truly goes to show how far determination and proper support can get you,” said Raissa Bautista, Chevron’s senior corporate affairs advisor.

The AWS re/Start program is offered at no cost to the learners, and a technology background is not required to apply. After completing their three months training, the learners validate their skills through the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam. Post-certification, they will be introduced to 15+ hiring partners who will conduct job interviews.

“We believe our scholars will go places because of their talent and persistence to learn and work. Chevron looks forward to seeing these students turn from learners to professionals and use their new knowledge and skills to create impactful changes in the future,” Raissa added.

“AWS re/Start brings ‘net-new’ talent into the workforce, establishing a win-win-win scenario for individuals to launch successful careers in cloud, organizations to increase their competitive edge with in-demand talent and communities to thrive and grow. We are proud to work with and Chevron Philippines Inc. to build the diverse, robust cloud workforce of the future, enabling organizations to accelerate their innovation with the AWS Cloud,” shared Tejas Vashi, global leader for AWS re/Start.

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