Amazon cloud-computing degree coming to CLTCC

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The Louisiana Community and Technical College System recently partnered with Amazon to dive deeper into the 'cloud'. Governor John Bel Edwards announced last week that Louisiana is the first state to adopt Amazon's branded cloud-computing degree.

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"This is an evolution that now puts the cloud computing in the hands of students in a way that is far greater than before," said CLTCC Chancellor Jimmy Sawtelle.

CLTCC is one of 12 schools in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) that will be adding the Amazon-branded cloud-computing degree.

Sawtelle said it will give employers what they're looking for.

"If you are on the road you can access the same information as if you are at your desk," Sawtelle said. "But now your entire company can do that from a desktop, laptop, even your smartphone."

Many know the cloud as a place to store data or to collaborate on projects using Google Docs. But, this degree will teach students how to manipulate the cloud.

"I don't know how long you have been using Google Docs, but I have been using them for a number of years," said LCTCS' Chief Academic Affairs Officer Dr. Rene Cintron. "Seeing the development of being able to insert the table or column, some developer has to do that on the back end. So, these are the types of things that our students will be learning. How to develop things on the back end of the cloud. How to maneuver and mold a cloud-based software."

Dr. Cintron said the cloud skills will help students stay competitive in the workforce.

"This is the next step, the next thing that is happening in the industry period," Dr. Cintron said. "Cloud data, aerospace technology, you name it. The automotive industry is also using cloud technology."

All of Amazon's services are free including a job board giving students access to thousands of cloud-computing applications.

Sawtelle said the degree will be offered at CLTCC in the fall of 2020.

"Over the next year, year and a half, you are going to see the development of it," Sawtelle said. "So, we are looking forward to training a new niche of computer technology for Central Louisiana."

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