Amazon Web Services Academy | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Train for your career in the cloud.
Amazon Web Services Academy

Train for your career in the cloud.
Amazon Web Services Academy

Amazon Web Services Academy

NWACC is now offering Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy curriculum and the opportunity for you to prepare for AWS certification exams and careers in the fast-growing cloud-computing industry.

As the only accredited AWS Academy in the state of Arkansas, the college offers AWS Academy Cloud Foundations, Cloud Architecting and Data Analytics courses, with plans for a full deployment of all AWS Academy courses soon. AWS Academy curriculum is taught by AWS Academy-accredited instructors, ensuring the program reflects current services and up-to-date best practices, while preparing you with the necessary industry skills and proficiency in AWS technology.

Read further to learn more about AWS, the cloud, courses and NWACC's AWS instructor. 

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About AWS & the Cloud 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a comprehensive and broadly adopted on-demand cloud platform, offering featured services from global data centers on a pay-as-you-go basis. Startups, large enterprises and government agencies are using AWS to lower costs, become more responsive, and break new grounds.

Cloud computing is the delivery of IT resources over the Internet (the cloud) with pay-as-you-go pricing. Instead of buying, owning and maintaining physical data centers and servers, you can access technology services - computing power, storage and databases - on an as-needed basis from a cloud provider like Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Organizations of all sizes are using the cloud for a wide variety of services, such as data backup, security, disaster recovery, email, virtual desktops, software development and testing, data analytics, and customer-facing web applications.

A few industry examples:

  • Automotive companies are using the cloud to store inventory (picture hundreds of car parts) and additional data, and are able to search all in one easily-accessible location.
  • Insurance companies are using the cloud to set up customer portals that will help employees and customers keep track of their accounts and claim statuses.
  • Financial services companies are using the security of the cloud to assist with real-time fraud detection and prevention.

Benefits of AWS certification

  • AWS experts are in demand, so there are numerous job opportunities in fast-growing industries
  • Validates AWS skills and knowledge to current or potential employers
  • Increases opportunities for career advancement and/or salary increase
  • Industry-recognized certifications demonstrate commitment to the profession
  • Gain access to the Credly network to connect with other certified professionals and potential employers, and to view job postings.  


Why Take AWS Courses at NWACC

  • NWACC is the only accredited AWS academy in the state of Arkansas. The college has its own AWS certified instructors and industry experts and approved curriculum.
  • You’ll receive a voucher for the certification exam along with an NWACC certificate of completion for each AWS course.
  • NWACC recognizes AWS certifications as college credit, so you can put your earned credits toward an associate degree.
  • AWS certification is affordable and within reach. NWACC’s courses are approved by the Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Find out if you qualify for financial assistance by emailing 

AWS Courses

AWS Academy Cloud Foundations
AWS Academy Cloud Foundations Course

Gain Overall Understanding

AWS Academy Cloud Foundations is intended for students who seek an overall understanding of cloud computing concepts, independent of specific technical roles. It provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing and support, and prepares you for AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification.

This course is designed for those interested in learning cloud computing basics. This may include program and project managers, technical sales associates, customer service representatives, business analysts, and so on. 


AWS Academy Cloud Architecting and Data Analytics
AWS Academy Cloud Architecting Course

Learn the Fundamentals

Learn the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on AWS through a guided, hands-on approach. The course will teach you how to optimize the use of the AWS Cloud by understanding how AWS services fit into cloud-based business solutions. It will also prepare you for AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification.

This course is designed for those who work in the IT field. This may include technical support associates and analysts, data center operations, IT support associates, cloud consultants, and so on.


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AWS Academy System Operations Certification Bundle

Voucher Included

The AWS Academy System Operations Certification Bundle introduces you to Amazon Web Services (AWS) products, services and common solutions. You will be provided with fundamentals to become more proficient in identifying AWS services and learn how to create automatable and repeatable deployments of networks and systems on the AWS platform.

This is a course for System Administrators and Developer Operations personnel and will cover the specific AWS features and tools related to configuration and deployment, as well as common techniques for configuring and deploying systems. Upon completion, you will be prepared to sit for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate exam. This course offers a voucher which gives you prepaid access to sit for the certifying exam.


AWS Academy Data Analytics
AWS Academy Data Analytics Course


AWS Academy Data Analytics is a series of lab exercises that teach students how to conduct Big Data analysis with practical, real-world examples. Students will learn how to analyze extremely large data sets, and to create visual representations of that data, using a case-study approach. The labs and learning resources are designed to supplement an institution’s existing Big Data and data analytics courses and provide students with hands-on experience working with data at scale.
Geared toward students interested in pursuing careers in data analysis, AWS Academy Data Analytics requires a strong foundation in IT concepts and skills, and it contains seven-and-a-half hours of content.