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Cloud Computing Program Expands at LFCC

29 September 2019 Frederick County News


September 29, 2019

MIDDLETOWN – Governor Ralph Northam this week announced a new collaboration between Amazon Web Services and select educational institutions in Virginia.

This collaboration will create opportunities and build pathways to high-skilled and high-wage cloud computing careers for students in all regions of the Commonwealth. Lord Fairfax Community College will be one of the institutions participating in this initiative. This collaboration will also help employers throughout Virginia who have a growing need for workers with cloud computing skills.

LFCC will use AW Educate, an initiative to support cloud technology learning for students and faculty. The initiative will allow schools to incorporate cloud skills into STEM curriculum.

“The field of cloud computing is growing and dynamic,” Governor Northam said in a press release. “We know that for our Commonwealth to reach new heights and remain a national leader in tech talent, we must build seamless pathways from classrooms to careers at all education levels.”

The program began with Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University. They were two of the first higher education institutions in the United States to offer cloud computing degrees. Their programs were a success and now it has spread to 4 separate public school sectors, 9 community colleges and 5 universities throughout the state of Virginia.

“The need for these skills extend well beyond Amazon as a company,” Virginia Community College System Chancellor Glenn Dubois said in a press release. “Practically every field is growing more reliant on this technology and need people who can make it work.”

Dubois also claimed that the AWS program will help Virginia students stay ahead of the high-demand for tech related careers.

 

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