Cloud Computing

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Companies around the world are migrating to cloud computing. Employees with experience in this field are in high demand, especially in the Seattle area, home to many technology companies. This is a great opportunity if you have an interest in computers and technology. 

What You'll Get

  • CompTIA A+ certification preparation – the industry standard for establishing a career in IT and the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles – trusted by employers around the world
  • CompTIA Network+ certification preparation – allowing you to develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks, this powerful credential will help take your IT career to the next level
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Foundations certification preparation – including cloud concepts, cloud economics and billing, AWS global infrastructure, cloud security, networking, databases, and more
  • Project management badge to supplement technical learning

    Note that while the program will provide a solid foundational learning experience for certification, additional study may be required to take and pass the certification exams.


Program Details

Location: Online from North Seattle College Continuing Education

Start Date: Two of the four required classes will be offered Spring Quarter 2022 (staring in April)

Additional Start Dates: Various classes for the Cloud Computing program will be offered in Spring and Summer 2022, and the rest in Fall 2022. See the Learning Pathway section below.

Length: 6 months

Schedule and Modality: The program will be offered online. Sign up using the form below to get more detail regarding specific days of the week and times.

Costs: Costs are listed by class (see the Learning Pathway section below). The scholarship process for the 2021-22 academic year has closed. 

Class Size: TBD

Program Prerequisites: It is recommended that students be able to speak basic, conversational English prior to enrolling in the Cloud Computing program. It is up to your judgement whether you have enough conversation English to participate in the program – there is no formal requirement or prerequisite to enroll.
Basic math skills and basic digital skills will also be helpful in completing the program. However, there is no formal prerequisite.
A high school diploma or GED is not required for enrollment.

For Additional Questions: Contact Continuing Education for questions regarding enrollment, and Bob Bunge for questions regarding the program details.

To Register:

Registration for this program is now open.

Not quite ready to register? Please complete this online form form to stay updated on the program via email.

Learning Pathway

Courses for the Cloud Computing program are offered through Continuing Education. The complete pathway consists of four courses:

  • AWS Academy Cloud Foundations $699
  • Introduction to CompTIA A+ $999
  • Introduction to Network+ $999
  • Foundations of Project Management $495 

The following are confirmed for Spring Quarter 2022:

The following are planned for Summer Term 2022:

  • AWS Academy Cloud Foundations
  • Foundations of Project Management

The following are planned for Fall Quarter 2022:

  • AWS Academy Cloud Foundations
  • Introduction to CompTIA A+
  • Foundations of Project Management

The following are planned for Winter Quarter 2023:

  • Introduction to Network+
  • Foundations of Project Management


Job and Salary Prospects

In 2019, 90% of surveyed organizations reported severe shortages of workers with cloud skills. Nearly 80% of IT leaders say their current teams lack the needed cloud computing skills. Some of the many companies leading the transition to cloud computing and hiring for cloud skills include:

  • Yelp 
  • Etsy 
  • Pinterest 
  • Amazon 
  • AirBnB 
  • Netflix 
  • GE 
  • Capitol One 
  • Google 

AWS Cloud Certifications are among the highest paying IT credentials to have, particularly as you progress in your Cloud Computing experience and learning. The Cloud Computing micro-pathway will open the door to this lucrative field, with entry-level roles paying approximately $50K to start, and building to $115K - $120K with more experience and certifications.

If you are interested in this program, complete this online form, and we'll contact you with more information and next steps.