Create a community of professional learners to develop cloud computing programs at each participating community college and partner high school.
Create a common curriculum to serve as the structure of a cloud computing pathway from high school dual enrollment to community college and transfer
Create a Cloud Computing Industry Council to engage with employer around pathway design and alignment across the consortium and work-based learning for students.
Align the pathway with industry certifications in cloud computing and include options for preparation and transfer to four-year colleges.
Cloud computing jobs utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) have increased by 177% since 2014 with over 2,000 annual openings in Los Angeles County1. The practical application of skills and industry certifications necessary for entry level jobs makes a cloud computing program appropriate for community colleges to enhance their existing IT, computer science, business or web design programs integrating cloud managed services. The LA Community Colleges produce 680 IT certificates for the entire IT occupations, which is less than annual openings in the occupations affected by cloud computing. AW S has partnered with Santa Monica College (SMC) to develop college credit courses based on an AWS curriculum framework in cloud computing career pathways that begins at the high school 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. This consortia is funded by the California Community College Chancellor's Office under the Strong Workforce Program (SWP).
1 Cloud Computing Occupations using Bureau of Labor Statistics. LAOCRC Center of Excellence March 2017
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