Virginia universities partner with Amazon on cloud computing degree

George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) announced in June a cloud computing degree pathway program in conjunction with AWS Educate, Amazon’s cloud technology education initiative. Students in the program will take cloud-based courses at NOVA to prepare for coursework for a four-year Bachelor’s degree at George Mason.

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The program builds on NOVA’s Associate of Applied Science degree in cloud computing, launched with AWS Educate in 2018, the organizations said. Faculty at George Mason and NOVA collaborated with AWS Educate officials to create the program’s curriculum, which will seek to train students for careers in cloud architecture, cybersecurity, “DevOps” and software development.

The program will launch in the fall of 2020 and is part of the ADVANCE program partnership between the two colleges. In-demand skills and credentials based on competency will be backwards-mapped to verify credentials, the organizations said. Students will also receive membership in the AWS Educate program.

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