Miami Dade College’s Eduardo J. Padrón Campus to Launch Cutting-Edge Cloud Computing Center

Scott McKinley, Senior Executive for Innovative and Global Education Leadership at Amazon Web Services; Dr. Lenore Rodicio, MDC executive vice president and provost; Dr. Malou C. Harrison, President of the Eduardo J. Padrón and North Campuses; and Dr. O. Loretta Ovueraye, Dean of Faculty at the Padron Campus cut the ribbon Thursday during the opening of the new cloud computing center.
An attendee uses Alexa to help order a beverage during the launch of the cloud computing center on Thursday at Miami Dade College’s Eduardo J. Padrón Campus.  The center was created to address the ever-increasing demand for experienced cloud technology professionals.

By Allison Horton

To address the ever-increasing demand for experienced cloud technology professionals, Miami Dade College (MDC) will open a state-of-the-art Cloud Computing Center at the Eduardo J. Padrón Campus.  As the only venue of its kind in Florida, the Center will allow technology leaders, industry experts and students to engage and learn about leading cloud platforms and receive industry certifications, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Generation and Microsoft.

“We are proud to launch MDC’s Cloud Computing Center,” said Dr. Malou C. Harrison, President of the Eduardo J. Padrón and North Campuses.  “MDC is known for being a leader in higher education offering new and relevant programs to meet the needs of industry. The Cloud Computing Center is another great example of MDC’s commitment to student success and industry partnerships.”

The Cloud Computing Center will house the only College Credit Certificate and Associate of Science degree in Enterprise Cloud Computing in Florida. It will expose students and existing IT professionals to industry leading cloud platforms and industry certifications needed to fill the burgeoning demand of IT cloud jobs in the workplace.

The Enterprise Cloud Computing program is designed to provide an opportunity to establish a foundation in architect-scalable, highly available application solutions that leverage cloud computing services, utilizing best practices that focus on Cloud security, cost, and reliability. Graduates will utilize core design patterns and infrastructure expertise to implement solutions to deploy and maintain workloads and applications. This Enterprise Cloud Computing program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of Cloud computing: Cloud Fundamentals, Cloud Infrastructure and Services, Networking Technologies, Database Concepts and Design, and Linux.

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