AWS Cloud Specialist | GCTC

Do you want to be an AWS Cloud Specialist?

Do you want to learn how small businesses to large corporations like Netflix entrust their entire business to AWS allowing them to build giant infrastructure without using an onsite or owned datacenter? Do you want to be a part of how AWS powers the global data infrastructure?

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As an AWS Cloud Specialist, you’ll be a solutions architects optimizing the use of the AWS Cloud by understanding AWS services and how these services fit into cloud-based solutions.

How to Become an AWS Cloud Specialist

At Gateway, the best path is to pursue the AWS Cloud Architecting Certificate. This certificate includes 19 credits and  can be completed online. 

Because architectural solutions can differ depending on industry, type of applications, and size of business, this certificate emphasizes best practices for the AWS Cloud, and it recommends various design patterns to help students think through the process of architecting optimal IT solutions on AWS.

Here's Your Starting Point!

Semester One:

  • CIT 105: Introduction to Computers (or the IC3 Examination)
  • MAT 061: Foundation of College Algebra (if needed). 

Semester Two:

  • CIT 111: Computer Hardware and Software
  • CIT 160: Introduction to Network Concepts
  • CIT 170: Database Design Fundamentals

Semester Three:

  • CIT 167: Switching and Routing Essentials
  • CIT 206: Amazon Web Services Practitioner
  • CIT 217: Unix/Linux Administration
  • CIT 262: MS Network Infrastructure

Semester Four:

  • CIT 201: Information Storage Management
  • CIT 207: Amazon Web Services Architecting

Take It A Step Further

With the Microsoft Network Administrator Certificate, you'll learn the core skills that students need to effectively build and maintain computer networks. This certificate also provides a way for professionals currently in the industry to update their computer networking skills and for new students to show progress in the CIT program. 

This certificate includes 19 credits and can be completed online.

Semester Five:
  • CIT 213: Microsoft Client Configuration
  • CIT 217: Unix/Linux
  • CIT 261: Microsoft Active Directory
Semester Six:
  • CIT 262: Microsoft Server Infrastructure
  • CIT 264: Microsoft Server Management

Get Started Now

Apply to Gateway to get enrolled and started on your new career. Or contact the CIT Program Coordinator for more information and see the other CIT Certificate Options.

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Program Contact

George Hampton

Computer Information Technology

Program Coordinator

(859) 442-4156