Too many workers, upon losing employment, remain unemployed for months at a time, even as thousands of high-growth jobs in the Information Technology (IT) industry are available. With the demand for IT professionals in an upswing, companies are finding it difficult to locate appropriately trained professionals.

Program Overview

The Urban Tech Jobs Program 2.0 is grant-funded program via a partnership with Comcast NBC Universal to provide training opportunities leading to industry recognized credentials and rapid employment in the Information and Technology sector.

** Accelerated Technology Training Program
** Day, evening. weekend and self-paced classes available
** Tech-based employment assistance available


Free Certification Option:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Google Analytics
  • Adobe Training Classes
  • And more...


  • HS Diploma, equivalent or higher
  • Math and Reading TABE score of 11.0 or higher
  • Have prior experience or an aptitude for training in IT field
  • Interest in pursuing a career in Information Technology (IT)
  • Unemployed, underemployed or currently working and looking to upgrade skills or change to an IT career

Required Documents for Enrollment:

  • ID/Drivers License
  • Social Security Card
  • Most Recent Education Transcripts
Learning Paths for Training & Certification

Learning paths are the progressions of courses and exams we recommend you follow to help advance your skills or prepare you to use the AWS Cloud. Explore our learning paths below:

Cloud Practitioner:
This learning path is intended for individuals who are looking to build and validate overall understanding of the AWS Cloud. This path is useful for individuals in technical, managerial, sales, purchasing, or financial roles who work with the AWS Cloud.

This learning path is designed for solutions architects, solution design engineers, and anyone who wants to learn how to design applications and systems on AWS. Build technical skills as you progress along the path toward AWS Certification.

This learning path is designed for software developers who want to learn how to develop cloud applications on AWS. Build technical skills as you progress along the path toward AWS Certification.

DevOps Engineer:
This learning path is designed for individuals who want to learn how to use the most common DevOps patterns to develop, deploy, and maintain applications in the AWS Cloud. Build technical skills as you progress along the path toward AWS Certification.

This learning path is designed for sysops administrators, systems administrators, and those in a DevOps role who want to learn how to create automatable and repeatable deployments of applications, networks, and systems on the AWS platform. Build technical skills as you progress along the path toward AWS Certification.

Contact Info

Houston Area Urban League
5260 Griggs Road
Houston, TX 77021

Rommell Williams, Program Manager
281-220-6031 |

tech advantage

Professional training without student loan debt.

HAUL targets individuals with diverse backgrounds and trains them for middle-skill occupations in the Information Technology (IT) industry – at no cost to the individual.

By placing unemployed participants into entry-level IT positions and coupling the work with training, participants in HAUL tech programs can progress to higher-wage occupations, become certified professionals and improve their economic stability without generating thousands of dollars in student loan debt.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than using a local hard drive or personal computer.

What is AWS?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most user-friendly and broadly adapted cloud computing platform. AWS offers over 165 fully featured services from data centers around the world. Millions of customers and businesses – including some of the largest tech companies, startups, and some leading government agencies – trust AWS to power their infrastructures, become more agile, and lower business costs. Examples of large companies who currently use AWS services include, but are not limited to: Adobe, Air BnB, Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, ESPN, Samsung, NASA, Yelp, and more.

Why learn AWS?

AWS skills are sitting high on the list of most in-demand skills for employers. Those who become AWS certified are more attractive candidates to companies who seek the best experts to maintain, update, and manage their AWS data and provide the best services to their customers.

In fact, 60% of cloud computing job postings on Indeed ask for skills related to Amazon Web Services.

Additional benefits to learning AWS include:

  • Authenticated tech expertise
  • Career advancement
  • Improve your tech skills
  • Increased pay scale
  • Top level tech training without student loan debt
What jobs can you get with AWS certification?

The average entry level salary for a Cloud Administrator is $75,000 per year. AWS Certified Solutions Architects -Associate professionals earn an average salary of $121,292, over $13,000 higher than the average salary of top 15 IT certified professionals.

Other common jobs with AWS certification include:

  • Systems Administrator/Operator
  • Operational Engineer
  • Cloud Software Engineer 
  • System Integrator
  • Cloud Developer
  • Business Intelligence Engineer
  • Data Specialist

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