Key story highlights:
  • Northern Virginia Community College will begin offering a cloud computing degree with the help of Amazon Web Services.

  • Teresa Carlson, the vice president of AWS’ worldwide public sector business, called it an exciting new step in creating a cloud workforce.
  • Classes are expected to start in the fall.

Northern Virginia Community College will begin offering a cloud computing degree with the help of Amazon Web Services, one of the first degrees of its kind offered by a two-year school.

The reveal came Wednesday during AWS’ Public Sector Summit in D.C., a two-day conference expected to draw 14,000 attendees. In her keynote address, Teresa Carlson, the vice president of AWS’ worldwide public sector business, called it an exciting new step in creating a cloud workforce — a key component of the emerging tech skill set needed to fill the 21st century talent pipeline.

The 63-credit associate degree program is mapped to the skills and competency-based credentials required by AWS and other cloud employers. The cloud computing specialization will be part of NOVA’s information systems technology (IST) associate of applied science degree. All students will receive membership in the AWS Educate program and gain hands-on experience with leading cloud technology and tools.

Classes are expected to start in the fall and NOVA wants to develop dual-credit courses for high school students as well as extend the program to four-year schools in Virginia such as George Mason University.

“This model can be and should be a model for educational institutions across the country and the world,” Carlson added.

Of the 10 most in-demand hard skills in today’s jobs market, LinkedIn ranks cloud and distributed computing at the top….

 

Source: Amazon Web Services and Northern Virginia Community College partner to offer associate’s degree in cloud computing – Washington Business Journal

By   – Senior Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal
 Updated 

 

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