The technology industry is growing in
The inaugural class graduated this spring.
"Server visualization and cloud computing is definitely one of the 'hot skills' in the IT community right now,"
The program trains students in server virtualization and cloud computing, which is a growing trend as agencies, companies, and firms invest in newer and faster technology.
Students must complete four courses to earn the certificate.
Those who earn the Enhanced Skill Certificate can utilize their new skills in their current positions, increasing their productivity and value within their organizations.
Those planning to enter the job market will be more competitive candidates since most employers will be eager to hire people competent in the latest technology, especially cloud computing.
One of the courses is dedicated to OpenStack software training. OpenStack is an operating system developed by Rackspace and
Right now, SAC is the only community college in
"The typical vendor training program consists of 40-48 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction but we start from scratch with 'bare metal' servers. After 64 class hours in our
"Another advantage is cost. For students enrolling at SAC, costs range from
"I needed training in OpenStack software, but only one other person was signed up for the program. I knew we needed to come up with a way to incentivize enrollment so I decided to set up a few scholarships," he said.
"The network of individuals in the class and Professor
The addition of this certificate program at SAC is not just beneficial to individuals. There's a much bigger picture to look at as well.
By providing enhanced and specialized training in virtualization, SAC is helping to build up
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