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AWS partners on community college cloud program

To address the shortage of cloud computing professionals, Northern Virginia Community College and Amazon Web Services are collaborating to offer a cloud computing program as part of its NOVA's Information Systems Technology associate's degree starting in fall 2018.

The two-year cloud computing degree program will build on hardware, security and  programming competencies found in the IST degree and focus on skills required by cloud professionals: infrastructure-as-a-service technologies, such as virtualization, server management, storage and networking, as well as platform-as-a-service skills, such as  application deployment, capacity provisioning, load balancing and scaling.

“The Northern Virginia region is home to one of the largest concentrations of IT jobs in the nation, as well as one of the greatest demands for employees with cloud computing skills,” NOVA President Scott Ralls said. “This new cloud computing program is our latest initiative to meet the highly skilled employment needs of technology employers and to offer pathways to family-supporting careers for our students.”

Cloud computing courses will initially be offered at NOVA’s Alexandria, Loudoun and Woodbridge campuses, with general education, personal development and foundational IT courses available at all of NOVA’s five comprehensive campuses and online. Additionally, NOVA will share its cloud computing curriculum with other educational institutions around the world, helping to promote the global needs of educators and students.

More information is available here

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Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA from West Chester University and an MA in English from the University of Delaware.

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