Information Communication Technologies & Digital Media Sector Team

A virtual event organized by Moorpark College and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) gave students and community members the opportunity to explore careers in the cloud workforce.

California Cloud Workforce Regional Cloud Day was held on June 13 and featured nearly a dozen workshops on topics in cloud technologies like AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Raspberry Pi. The event also included a hackathon and a session on preparing for a career in cloud computing.

Ed Garcia, program lead in the Computer Networking Systems Engineering Program at Moorpark College helped to organize the event after serving on the California Cloud Workforce over the past year and learning about the 700% growth in Cloud computing.

“The shift in computing to include both onsite and Cloud technologies has created a huge demand for Cyber and Cloud trained professionals,” Garcia said. “There are exciting new and high-paying jobs in Cloud technologies that students need to be aware of.”

Moorpark College recently received approval from the Chancellor’s Office to begin offering a Cloud Data Science certificate and two new Cloud courses. The courses and certificate can be used as part of the college’s new associate degree in cybersecurity.

The degree, certificate, courses, and Regional Cloud Day event were all created in partnership with LACCD to help meet current and future technology workforce needs in Ventura County and surrounding areas.

“Our relations with the LACCD helped guide our initiatives to help bring sustainable and high- demand training to Ventura County,” Garcia said. “We believe this is critical to help keep and attract this new high-tech industry in California and, in particular, our combined regions.”

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