Information Communication Technologies & Digital Media Sector Team

From Amazon Web Services to Microsoft Azure, cloud computing is a growing field and one that’s ripe with opportunities for community college students. Job openings have increased by 177% since 2014 with more than 2,000 openings each year in Los Angeles County alone.

More than 100 faculty, students, and business partners from across California attended the California Cloud Workforce’s Cloud Day event on December 12 to learn more about these career opportunities in cloud computing. Charlotte Augenstein, ICT-DM Regional Director in the Los Angeles Region, helped coordinate the event.

The day began with two panels, one on employment trends and one on technology trends, followed by workshops on topics like big data and artificial intelligence, and a cloud-based hackathon. Students and faculty were also able to ask questions of the panelists.

Breakout sessions included Introduction to AI, Azure, Intro to Big Data, Building Your Brand with LinkedIn and resume building, to name a few.

Augenstein said the event accomplished its goal of exposing faculty and students to the many opportunities available in this growing field.

“Cloud Day was a huge success,” Augenstein said. “Our panels included representation from Microsoft and AWS Channel Partners and were very informative. One of the panelists was a former cloud student who now works for an AWS Channel Partner.”

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