Cloud Computing

In today's IT industry, the demand for skilled professionals in cloud computing is skyrocketing. The advent of cloud computing has transformed the IT landscape, enabling businesses to leverage computing services via cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

Santa Monica College's Cloud Computing Program offers a robust curriculum designed to immerse students in the world of cloud technology through Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Our program covers all aspects of cloud technology, including architecture, implementation, development, and security, to prepare you for a successful career in this dynamic field.

Embark on your journey to becoming a cloud computing professional with Santa Monica College.

Educational Pathways

Whether you're just starting out or looking to advance your career in cloud computing, SMC provides two comprehensive educational pathways:
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Department Certificate

Department Certificate in Cloud Computing

Courses: 5 Computer Science Courses

Time to Complete: Completed in 6 months - 1 years

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Certificate of Achievement

Certificate of Achievement in Cloud Computing

Courses: 9 Computer Science Courses

Time to Complete: Completed in 1 years
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Associate Degree in Cloud Computing

Courses: 20 Computer Science Courses

Time to Complete: Completed in 2 years


Cloud Foundational Courses Overview

Santa Monica College offers a comprehensive pathway in cloud computing, equipping students with the skills needed for a thriving career in this expanding field. 

Foundational Skills: Start your cloud education with key courses covering technology, networking, security, architecture, development, and operations. This solid foundation prepares you for advanced cloud computing concepts.

Core Courses:

1. Intro to Cloud Computing: Learn the basics of cloud platforms, services, and security.
2. Networking: Dive into network design, protocols, and security essential for cloud computing.
3. Security: Address cloud security concerns with an emphasis on protecting data and systems.
4. Cloud Computing Architecture: Understand the principles behind cloud design, deployment, and scalability.

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Specialization Options:

Choose between Azure and AWS specializations to deepen your expertise in Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services, respectively, including hands-on experience and advanced tools.

Industry Certifications:

The program offers opportunities to earn recognized certifications in AWS, Azure, and CompTIA, enhancing your resume and marketability.

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Industry Certifications

Industry certifications in this degree program include AWS, Microsoft Azure and CompTIA. Earning certifications before you’ve even finished your degree gives you the knowledge, skills, and credentials that will immediately boost your résumé.

Achieve success with a Cloud Computing Degree and sought after IT certifications.

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  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect

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  • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Azure Administrator
  • Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure

Job Opportunities in Cloud Computing

Once you complete the cloud computing bachelor's degree program, you become eligible for various job titles, which may include:

  • Cloud Architect 
  • Cloud Developer 
  • Platform Engineer
  • AWS Cloud Architect 
  • AWS Cloud Engineer 
  • Azure Cloud Architect  
  • Azure Cloud Engineer 
  • Database Administrator 
  • Cloud DevOps Engineer 
  • Cloud Automation Engineer 
  • Cloud Administrator 
  • IT Security Analyst 
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager 
  • Computer Systems Analyst 
  • Computer Network Architect 
  • App Developer

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Contact Cloud Computing Counselors and Faculty

Preferred Contact MethodEmail

  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Response Time: 1 business day


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