MCC Amazon Web Services (AWS) training for higher education instructors

GCC and MCC develop for-credit courses for students

MESA, Arizona -- April 15, 2021 -- Mesa Community College Computer Information Systems (CIS) faculty teaches Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy Cloud Foundations to college and university instructors. The six-week workshop prepares participating Arizona CIS teachers to become AWS Certified Cloud Practitioners, allowing them to teach AWS at their respective institutions.

Sixteen CIS faculty from Arizona and Utah universities and several Arizona community colleges are taking advantage of the no-cost, AWS Cloud Foundations training provided by MCC CIS faculty Dennis Kibbe.

“There are many who know computer networks and not many who know how to architect for the cloud. This was evident when the two inaugural classes for students filled last fall, during the pandemic,” said Kibbe. “We realized, being the only system in the state with curriculum prepared for higher ed, we could help jump start the knowledge base best by aiding our CIS (Computer Information Systems) colleagues. This led to the development of a condensed AWS cloud foundations course for other CIS instructors.”

Kibbe and Andrea Schauer, a colleague from Glendale Community College, developed the Foundations curriculum based on educational material made available by AWS; it is one of four eight-week for-credit courses preparing students to successfully earn AWS certifications, increasing the number of cloud architects in Arizona. MCC is currently the only college in the state teaching for-credit AWS courses. GCC is offering the courses in the summer and fall semesters.

John Bjerke, AWS Academy Program Manager, acknowledges the importance of instructor training to increase access to cloud computing education in institutions of higher education. In Oct. 2020 the AWS Academy announced, along with the Arizona Commerce Authority, its commitment to increase access to cloud computing education in schools across Arizona. The initiative aims to train and certify 5,000 students for entry-level cloud computing careers by June 2022, with continued long-term investments in technical skills training for Arizonans.

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Media contact: Dawn Zimmer, MCC,, 480-461-7892

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Thursday, April 15, 2021