Network Architecture and Cloud Computing

Program Type: Face-to-Face, Fully Online
Program Level: Degrees, Certificates, Online
Department: Computer Science, Technology & Business
Institute: Science & Technology
College: NVC

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About the Program

This program prepares students to work for companies that provide cloud computing services as well as managing network architectures in virtual or physical environments. Emphasis on routing, switching, firewalls; basic concepts in shell script programming and load balancing. In addition, this program includes understanding and managing various cloud computing platforms such as OpenStack and Amazon's AWS. Cloud computing concepts such as Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Software as a Service are addressed. Finally, this program addresses basic physical and information security requirements in managing and maintaining cloud computing platforms and applications. Students can transfer their credits to Western Governor’s University to complete their Bachelor’s Degree.


What will I learn?

With an emphasis on practical experience, students learn the basics of routing, switching; managing cloud platforms and virtual servers on Linux and Windows operating systems; how to add, manage, and troubleshoot various cloud computing services.

What can I do with this course of study?

This program prepares students to work for organizations that provide cloud computing services to clients as well as organizations that adopt cloud computing services from a cloud provider. In addition, this program prepares you for work as a systems administrator and network technician. Finally, this program prepares students to work as Linux administrators or manage Cisco routers, firewalls, and switches in the private and public sectors.

What is special about this program?

Northwest Vista College has academy partnerships with Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, CompTIA, Microsoft and Amazon. Students who enroll in this program can earn their Network+, Linux+, Security+, Linux Professional Institute (LPIC), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and Amazon AWS Cloud Foundations, AWS Cloud Developer, and AWS Cloud Solutions Architect certifications. Careers Available: The following titles are examples of careers associated with both the Network Administrator and Information Security & Assurance programs but not limited to:

  • Network Administrator 
  • Network Cloud Architect
  • Network Installer
  • Network Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Data Security
  • Computer Security
  • Information Security Officer Specialist

This program has a transfer partnership with Western Governor's University, a 100% online bachelor's degree. Western Governor's University has been recognized by Fortune for their cyber program - Amazon Career Choice partnership. Questions about this partnership can be directed to: Kolette Palacios at


Available Courses:

Course Descriptions

ITCC 1414 - CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks (CISCO Academy)

ITCC 1444 - CCNA 2: Switching, Routing and Switching Essentials (CISCO Academy)

COSC 1336 - Programming Fundamentals I

ENGL 1301 - Composition I

ITCC 2420 - CCNA 3: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation (CISCO Academy)

ITNW 2327 - Advanced Cloud Concepts (Palo Alto Networks Fundamentals of Cloud Security)

ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation and Configuration

Select 1 Additional Communication (90) Core

ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation and Configuration

ITSY 1300 – Fundamentals of Information Security (Microsoft/CompTIA)

ITNW 2473 - Amazon Cloud Foundation (AWS)

ITSC 2325 - Advanced Linux

ITSY 2443 - Computer System Forensics

Select 1 Life and Physical Sciences (30) Core or Mathematics (20) Core

ITNW 2474 – Amazon Cloud Developer (AWS)

ITNW 2475 – Amazon Cloud Computing Architecture (AWS)

ITCC 2420 - CCNA 3: Enterprise Networking Security and Automation

Select 1 Language, Philosophy & Culture (40) Core or Creative Arts (50) Core

Select 1 Social and Behavioral Sciences (80) Core

COSC 1437 - Programming Fundamentals II

ITSY 2264 - Practicum (or Field Experience) - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

Northwest Vista College has academy partnerships with the following industry leaders:

  1. Cisco Networking Academy
  2. Microsoft & CompTIA
  3. Amazon Web Services Academy (AWS)
  4. Palo Alto Networks


About the Program Coordinator: Dr. John J. Grillo

Teaching Philosophy

Technology is driving the way we teach. No longer is learning limited to traditional classroom environments or even within an academic institution. Skills and tasks can be learned on free platforms such as YouTube. John’s teaching philosophy is one that emphasizes “hands-on” training. A certified, competent instructor mentoring and leading the way, guiding students to acquire hands-on skills with subsequent self-study to reinforce knowledge gained in the classroom or within an online learning platform. A cordial-informal relationship with students is needed to develop trust, emphasize critical thinking, and develop further skills outside the classroom. Our technology discipline is humble in that learning is a life-long process. Just when you think you know it all, someone is always around who knows more.


Doctor of Business Administration-Information Security
Northcentral University, April 2007

Master of Computer Resources and Information Management
Webster University, January 2000

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (summa cum laude)
Troy State University, September 1995

Northwest Vista College

John began working at Northwest Vista College in 2002 and was appointed program coordinator for the Network Administration Program. From 2006-2009, he served as Academic Leader for the Social & Computer Sciences Department. In 2007, John earned his Doctorate of Business with an Information Security emphasis from Northcentral University. He then was appointed as the Chair of the newly created Workforce Department from 2011-2015. In 2015, in coordination with Rackspace Inc., he created the Network Cloud Architecture Associate of Applied Science program where he served as program coordinator from 2015 to present. In 2017, John was selected as the Department Chair of the newly created Computer Sciences, Technology & Business Department as a culmination of our reorganization under the Alamo Institutes Model. John is a certified Linux Engineer (LPIC-3) and is certified as a Cisco Academic Instructor and possesses a Cisco Certified Network Associate certification.


Faculty and Staff


Dr. Bobby Yeater

Dr. John Grillo

Matthew Burch


Teresa Dimas

Kimberly Cantu

Emily Coppin