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South Texas College Joins AWS Academy to Equip Students with In-Demand Cloud Computing Skills

South Texas College (STC) has announced its participation in AWS Academy, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) service that provides higher education institutions with a free, ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum that prepares students to pursue industry-recognized certifications and in-demand cloud jobs.  

Beginning in summer 2022, students at STC will be able to enroll in AWS Academy Cloud Foundations (ACF). The AWS curriculum will help prepare them to pursue careers in the fast-growing cloud computing space and industry-recognized AWS Certifications.

STC’s Bachelor of Applied Technology in Computer Information Technologies (BAT-CIT) was designated as an AWS-Member institution in February. The designation means the program can now embed cloud computing curriculum from Amazon into BAT-CITP courses.

AWS Certification is ranked as one of the top-15 most valuable information technology (IT) certifications, according to Forbes, and supports educational institutions in more than 30 countries.

The AWS Academy curriculum is developed and maintained by AWS subject matter experts to help ensure that it reflects current services and up-to-date best practices. Courses are taught by AWS Academy-accredited educators who are trained by AWS to help students become proficient in AWS technology.

“AWS Academy allows us to be able to embed cloud computing education in our courses,” said Nicholas Hinojosa, an instructor for the BAT-CIT program at STC.

The Bachelor of Applied Technology Degree (BAT) in Computer and Information Technologies (CIT) prepares students for successful careers by balancing theoretical and technical coursework meant to prepare graduates for the high demands placed on today’s CIT professionals.

The degree prepares students with relevant, technical knowledge of CIT practices so they provide solutions for real-world problems and technical support for computer-based information systems.

Students graduating from the BAT-CIT program at STC are exceptionally prepared to enter the private sector or even continue their education in a graduate program.

The program offers a competency-based bachelor's degree that enables students to finish their degrees faster by “testing out,” or taking exams within the courses themselves.  

As an AWS Academy member institution, STC has access to AWS Academy cloud computing curriculum, developed and maintained by AWS.

 “Professionals with cloud skills are in high demand as more organizations invest in their future with the cloud,” said Kevin Kelly, Director of Cloud Career Training Programs, AWS. “We’re proud to help South Texas College advance the training and learning opportunities for its students. With AWS Academy, students will be equipped with the in-demand, practical cloud skills they need to land high-quality jobs in one of the fastest growing industries.”