Colleges Ramp Up Cloud Computing Education

A group of community colleges in Southern California is working with Amazon Web Services and its education program to develop college credit courses for a cloud computing career pathway that starts in high school, continues through college and leads to industry certifications. The goal of the “CA Cloud Workforce Consortia” is to expand this common curriculum and develop a regional career pathway program and certificate.

The concept has already been tested in one of those schools. Santa Monica College piloted its cloud computing certificate in 2017, incorporating content from AWS and AWS Educate, Amazon’s cloud-oriented learning site. The college worked with Roosevelt High School to offer dual enrollment opportunities during last year’s school year. Student demand was so high, according to the college, SMC hired additional faculty and expanded the program from two sections to seven.

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