Computer network specialists with knowledge of cloud computing are in demand in today’s job market!
To meet this demand, Jackson College offers a cloud networking program leading to an Associate in Applied Science in Cloud Networking. Just a few years ago, most network servers were located on a company’s own premises. But now, with cloud computing and virtualization, data and computing services can be stored off-site. The “cloud” is a virtual environment available over the Internet to users on demand. A cloud networking specialist manages information in the “cloud.” Companies offering these services are called cloud providers. Networking personnel need these new skills with this explosion of “big data.”
In this associate degree program, students learn about virtualization, using software to simulate hardware function and create a virtual computer system, or virtual machine (VM). Multiple VMs can run on a single computer, enabling several operating systems and applications to run on one physical server or “host.”
“This provides another set of skills our students can take into the workplace,” said Assistant Professor Larry Choate. “It’s very similar to networking skills, almost an intermediate networking.”
Associate Degree Program
Jackson College’s cloud computer classes offer students ample opportunity to work hands-on and practice problem-solving. This also helps students get to know one another and work together, important interpersonal and teamwork skills. Students have the opportunity for preparation for a number of certifications, including CompTIA+ Cloud+, Cisco and VMWare.
The career outlook for computer and information technology occupations is expected to grow 13 percent through 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.