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BENNINGTON — The Community College of Vermont has joined the Amazon Web Services Academy to offer a course in cloud computing.

The AWS Academy provides higher education institutions with cloud computing curriculum that prepares students to pursue industry-recognized certifications and in-demand cloud jobs, according to a press release from CCV.

One of these courses will be incorporated into "Special Topics: Fundamentals of Cloud Computing," which will be offered online in fall 2020 and will prepare students to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

The plan to join the AWS Academy comes from a need for education and training in "high-wage career paths."

"CCV continues to look for opportunities for education and training that leads to in-demand credentials in high-wage career paths. Cloud computing skills continue to be one of the most mentioned skills in job descriptions in several industries, both in Vermont, and in remote jobs across New England," said CCV director of communications Katie Keszey. "In order to help Vermonters gain the skills necessary in cloud computing, CCV started conversations with Amazon Web Services about adding a course in introduction and access to a credential in cloud computing. CCV will continue work on adding courses, credentials and educational pathways that lead to these in-demand industries. These efforts also align with the Governor's push to develop more remote work opportunities for Vermonters."

Cloud computing includes concepts including infrastructure, services, support, security models and key considerations in transitioning companies and their information to the cloud.

"Many companies are moving from having hardware on site to using the cloud [to store their information]," said Nicole Stetson, an associate academic dean at CCV.

The class is for new college students, but also for an older student looking for a second career.

"CCV is pleased to offer new coursework and training in cloud computing," Stetson said. "The fall course is designed for beginners exploring careers in IT and remote work opportunities as well as those looking to build cloud knowledge and skills that can be applied to any business. Participants can earn an industry-recognized AWS Certification and use the course in CCV's IT or STEM Studies degree programs."

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AWS Academy curriculum is developed and maintained by AWS subject matter experts, ensuring that it reflects current services and best practices. Courses are taught by AWS Academy accredited educators who are trained to help students become proficient in AWS technology.

"It's a great on-ramp for students going into the field of information technology," Stetson said.

The course will be taught by CCV faculty and attended by CCV students.

Stetson said it's also good for helping people upskill or reskill into a different industry.

"The certification can go right on the resume," Stetson said. "They'll have the basic knowledge and they can build on it and continue to build the skills that are highly sought."

CCV President Joyce Judy said the college is playing a leadership role with programs like this.

"As a statewide institution with strong business and workforce partnerships throughout Vermont, CCV is playing a leadership role in helping to rebuild our economy amid Covid-19. A CCV education prepares students for Vermont's high-demand, high-growth careers; Amazon Web Services Academy was a natural fit for expanding our offerings in IT, and we are pleased to provide students with new opportunities as they plan for the future," Judy said.

CCV's fall semester starts September 8, while the class "Fundamentals of Cloud Computing" begins September 15.


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