AWIT’s Real-World Product Management Specializations Receive Credit Recommendation from The American Council on Education

learning Aug 03, 2022

New Amazon Web Service and Coursera sponsored set of courses allows students to earn credits towards a postsecondary degree and provides learners with industry skills to land product management and cloud computing roles at FAAMG companies


SEATTLE — August 3, 2022 — Advancing Women in Technology (AWIT), a global 501(c)(3) non-profit organization advancing women and underrepresented groups into tech leadership roles by upskilling its members, in collaboration with Amazon Web Service (AWS) announced today its Real-World Product Management Specialization and Real-World Cloud Product Management Specialization courses, available globally on Coursera, have been officially validated by the American Council for Education (ACE)®.

AWIT’s courses prepare learners to succeed in product management and cloud-based roles in the tech industry and covers the fundamental business and technical principles needed to pass the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. It also helps the learner demonstrate competence for the many job opportunities available across AWS and its customers and partners. Since its September 2021 launch, AWIT’s courses, Real-World Product Management and Cloud Product Management Specializations have enrolled more than 29,000 learners across the world. With this ACE credit recommendation, learners who complete an AWIT Specialization may earn up to six hours of postsecondary credit per course. 

 “The inclusion of our programs in the American Council on Education’s National Guide is a major milestone for AWIT as we work to provide financially accessible and industry aligned courses for learners everywhere, especially women and underrepresented groups in tech,” said Nancy Wang, Founder and Board Chair of AWIT and General Manager of Backup and Data Protection Services at AWS. “It is crucial for students to receive real world experience to prepare for their first or next role at the world’s top technology companies like AWS and with this recommendation, I am honored to upskill and help bring more experiences to advance even more learners across the globe.”

 Both programs are offered 100% online and allows users to self-pace. Real-World Product 

Management Specialization offers a credit recommendation from ACE for up to six college credits at the lower-division baccalaureate level as a 16 week (64 hour) course that teaches the art and science and business of product management while preparing for the project management interview. Real-World Cloud Product Management Specialization offers a credit recommendation from ACE for up to six college credits at the upper-division baccalaureate level and is a 12 week (24 hour) course that uses the same curriculum as AWS product managers and prepares learners for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam. 

“The demand for cloud continues to outpace the number of cloud-savvy workers out there. This leaves most organizations struggling to find and hire skilled talent to implement cloud services. In collaboration with organizations like AWIT, AWS is committing to building a diverse pipeline of early-career talent,” said Maureen Lonergan, Vice President of Training and Certification at AWS. “Together with AWIT, we are on a mission to elevate education opportunities for everyone, regardless of their circumstances. I’m excited that these courses will help learners earn credits towards their postsecondary degrees.”

 “ACE Credit Recommendations are a meaningful way of knocking down barriers for learners in the US who have historically faced challenges accessing higher education,” said Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera. “We are pleased to collaborate with AWS and AWIT to support the career goals of women and other underrepresented groups in the technology sector through flexible, job-relevant learning content.”

To learn more about AWIT’s training and certification programs which include 75 hours of educational Coursera content, please visit




About Advancing Women in Tech

Advancing Women in Tech (AWIT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit curating a community of tech executives who catapult high-potential, diverse talent into leadership roles through upskilling and mentorship. Founded by Nancy Wang, one of Entrepreneur’s 100 Female Founders, AWIT’s mission is to solve the gender gap at all levels of tech leadership by teaching real-world skills, mentoring the next-generation of diverse executives, and advocating for more diverse representation in the management office, C-Suite, and the boardroom.

 AWIT has accelerated the careers of more than 21,000 women and underrepresented groups through partnerships with AWS and Coursera to teach the real-world skills required of product and engineering leaders by companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. AWIT also partners with top tech companies to mentor senior talent to become executive-ready.  To learn more, visit


About Amazon Web Services

For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 84 Availability Zones within 26 geographic regions, with announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit


About American Council on Education

The American Council on Education (ACE) is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice. As the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities, our strength lies in our diverse membership of more than 1,700 colleges and universities, related associations, and other organizations in America and abroad. ACE is the only major higher education association to represent all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: two-year and four-year, public and private. Our members educate two out of every three students in all accredited, degree-granting U.S. institutions. To learn more, visit

 About Coursera

Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with more than 100 million registered learners. Coursera partners with over 275 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including Guided Projects, courses, Specializations, certificates, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in many high-demand fields, including data science, technology, and business. To learn more, visit


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