Cloud Computing - Bachelor of Applied Technology

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

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About the Program

This program prepares students for many mid and entry-level roles in Cloud Computing Environments. Students will be versed in open-source technologies, scripting languages, regulatory compliance, multi-cloud environments, serverless computing, Internet of Things (IoT), load balancing, inter and intra-region data transfers, system engineering, and software development. Students will learn how to design, plan, and manage a cloud infrastructure.

Finally, students will be familiar with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), orchestration and automation of work in the cloud, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning technologies on a cloud platform.

This program is offered fully online or face-to-face, providing on-campus courses for International students and those receiving funding through the Veteran’s Administration (VA).

College Rank - Best Bachelor's - Cloud Computing
Ranked #1 Cloud Computing Program in the U.S. among Junior & Community Colleges

Source: 15 Best Bachelor's Degrees for Cloud Computing -




Degree Plan (Fully Online)

(120 SCH including 60 SCH from Prerequisite Degree)

Semester I

• ITCC 1414 - CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks ***
• ITCC 1444 - CCNA 2: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials
• ENGL 1301 - Composition I
• COSC 1336 - Programming Fundamentals I

Semester II

• ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation and Configuration
• Select 1 course from Additional Communication (90) Core
• Select 1 course from Mathematics (20) Core or Life and Physical Sciences (30) Core
• ITCC 2420 - CCNA 3: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation

Semester III

• ITSC 2325 - Advanced Linux ***
• ITSY 1300 - Fundamentals of Information Security
• COSC 1437 - Programming Fundamentals II
• ITNW 2473 - Amazon Cloud Foundations (AWS)

Semester IV

• ITNW 2474 - Amazon Cloud Developer (AWS)
• ITNW 2475 - Amazon Cloud Computing Architecture (AWS)
• Select 1 course from Social and Behavioral Sciences (80) Core
• ITNW 2327 - Advanced Cloud Concepts

Semester V

• Select 1 course from Language, Philosophy & Culture (40) Core or Creative Arts (50) Core
• ITNW 2264 - Practicum (or Field Experience) - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunication

Semester VI

• NETC 3301 Introduction to the Cloud I
• NETC 3302 Introduction to the Cloud II
• Select 1 course from the Communication (10) Core (ENGL 2311 Highly Recommended)
• Select 1 course from Language, Philosophy & Culture (40) Core or Creative Arts (50) Core

Semester VII

• NETC 3300 Principles of Architecting on Cloud Computing Platforms
• NETC 3350 Cloud Datacenter Operations I
• Select 2 courses from the Life and Physical Sciences (30) Core (PHYS 1305 Highly Recommended)
• Select 1 course from the Additional Language, Philosophy and Culture (90) Core

Semester VIII

• NETC 3360 Cloud Datacenter Operations II
• NETC 4301 Introduction to Machine Learning in Cloud Environments
• Select 2 courses from the American History (60) Core

Semester IX

• NETC 4302 Advanced AI and Machine Learning in Cloud Environments
• NETC 4350 Cloud Engineering and Datacenter Compliance
• Select 2 courses from the Government/Political Science (70) Core

Semester X

• NETC 4380 Big Data Analytics on Cloud Infrastructures
• NETC 4388 Senior Project in Information Tech
• Elective - ENGR 1304 - Engineering Graphics (Highly Recommended)


Course Descriptions and Outcomes

Academy Member Institution

Micro-Credential & AWS Academy Pathway

What is micro-credentialing? It’s a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area. Students can earn the following micro-credentials (digital badges) through successful completion of the bachelor’s degree program:


Amazon Webservices

Amazon Web Services Certifications Through the Bachelor of Applied Technology

Upper Division Course

Affiliated AWS Micro-Credential Course

Affiliated AWS Certification

NETC 3301

Introduction to the Cloud Semester 1


NETC 3302

Introduction to the Cloud Semester 2

AWS Cloud Practitioner

NETC 3300

Cloud Computing Architecture

AWS Solutions Architect

NETC 4301

Machine Learning Foundations


NETC 4302

Machine Learning/Nat Lang Processing

AWS Machine Learning Specialty

NETC 4380

Data Analytics

AWS Data Analytics Specialty

NETC 3350

Cloud Operations

AWS SysOps Administrator

NETC 4350

Datacenter Technician


NETC 3360

Engineering Operations Technician





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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to apply?

The NVC Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cloud Computing degree is a bachelor’s degree that can follow the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in information technology fields.

The Northwest Vista College Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cloud Computing degree is open to applicant with the following qualifications:

  • Completion of an AAS Network and Cloud Architecture degree
  • Completion of an AAS Network Administrator degree
  • Completion of an AAS Information Assurance & Cyber Security degree
  • Completion of an AAS Game Development (Programming specialization) degree
  • A closely related degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Students who have and Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associate of Science (AS) following completion of 42 Career and Technical Education (CTE) hours in an IT field.

Students who do not meet any of the criteria will submit any courses and relevant work experience for evaluation to ensure the maximum transfer and application of credits toward the Bachelor of Applied Technology Cloud Computing program. Northwest Vista College accepts Continuing Education (CE) credits and prior work experience for credit transfer. Program faculty will review transcripts and experience for potential course credit. Entering students will have the ability to complete their CTE hours or IT-related degree through NVC prior to admission to the Bachelor of Applied Technology – Cloud Computing program. Contact an Enrollment Coach to learn more.

What Is Cloud Computing?
  • Cloud Computing is a system of storing data and powering computers virtually over the internet. This is a process by which companies and organizations can access their technology on-demand while minimizing the need for large physical data centers and numerous servers. Cloud Computing solutions provide efficient storage of data, backup of data, software design, and testing, web hosting solutions, database creation, access and retrieval, artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions, and access to other information technology applications.
Why Cloud Computing?
  • Some of the fastest growing and highest paying careers are those in the Information Technology (IT) sector and more specifically in cloud computing, a field that can lower technology costs and improve delivery, efficiency, privacy, and disaster recovery for companies and organizations.

  • Northwest Vista College (NVC) already awards associate degrees and certificates in Network Architecture and Cloud Computing, and our faculty have industry credentials in the field and can teach at the bachelor degree level.
How Is It Possible for Community Colleges to Offer Bachelor Degrees?
  • Qualified community colleges and programs can offer technical bachelor degrees in high demand careers as a result of Texas Senate Bill 2118 which was passed by the 85th Legislature in 2017.
How Far is NVC in this Process?
  • NVC's Academic Success team has created the degree plan for the BAT, including several new upper-division courses. They are also working alongside college leadership to set up infrastructure to support the BAT program, including enrollment goals, budget, hiring of faculty and staff, and preparing other support systems. In addition, the Computer Science, Technology, and Business department is working with Student Success and Marketing & Strategic Communications on advertising, marketing, communication, outreach, and recruitment.
What Partnerships Does NVC Have to Position Us for Success?
  • NVC is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy partner and will teach curriculum designed by our faculty and offer lab-based assignments on the AWS Cloud Platform, which means NVC has certified faculty with years of industry experience who possess the requisite education level to teach at the baccalaureate level. The largest cloud computing provider in the world is Amazon with over 500 Points of Presence, 32 Regions, and 100+ Availability Zones worldwide. As an AWS Academy partner, NVC will offer complimentary access to the AWS educational curriculum that allows students to earn up to 16 micro-credentials for first-time college students who start their BAT program by first enrolling in the Associate of Applied Science in Network Architecture & Cloud Computing.
What Are the Job Projections for Cloud Computing?
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the overall employment in computer and information technology occupations will grow much faster than the average for all occupations from 2022 to 2032. They further estimate an average of 377,500 job openings each year.

  • Organizations such as PwC have noted the global Cloud Computing market size was valued at $545.8 billion in 2022 and it is projected to reach $1.2 trillion by the end of 2027, growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.9%.
What Are the Specific Jobs in This Field?
  • Jobs in this field include maintaining a cloud infrastructure, designing cloud solutions, software engineering, data analytics, database management, cloud security, datacenter operations manager, and artificial intelligence/machine learning solutions.
What Salaries Can NVC Students Expect with a Bachelor Degree?
  • Salaries vary by education, job title, experience and skill level. According to, an entry salary for an AWS Solutions Architect entering the cloud computing field is projected at $144,000 per year. For a software engineer, the pay is approximately $104,000, and $120,000 for a site reliability engineer. A machine learning engineer can earn $133,000.
Which Local Employers Might Be Hiring Our Graduates?
  • Locally, graduates of the program are highly sought after by HEB, Lockheed Martin, Frost Bank, USAA, Accenture, Valero, Marathon Oil, NuStar Energy, iHeart Media, the US Military, and SWBC, among others.
What About Prior Coursework or Work Experience Credit?
  • NVC will award credit for prior coursework in this field, including certifications and job experience. Students who have completed an IT-related Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree within the Alamo Colleges District or from other accredited colleges and/or universities will be eligible for entry into the program.
Where Can I Find More Information?
Who Can I Contact If I Have Additional Questions?
  • If you have specific questions about the program, please contact Program Coordinator Dr. John Grillo at


Faculty and Staff

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


AWS Solutions Architect
AWS Machine Learning - Specialty
AWS Cloud Practitioner
AWS Certified Educator
Cisco Certified Network Professional
Cisco Certified Academic Instructor
Palo Alto Networks Certified Instructor
CompTIA Security+
CompTIA Linux+
Linux Professional Institute – Certified Engineer

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.

BAT Faculty: Matthew Burch

Teaching Philosophy

I believe the best teachers are students and the best students are teachers. Students should be encouraged to participate in the learning process by asking questions and engaging with other students who have questions they can answer. Hands-on labs and group projects are essential to completing the learning process for any technology. I have a natural curiosity for the ever-changing technological landscape and teach by learning, doing, and setting an example in the classroom through lab demonstrations and discussions.


Master of Science, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
Western Governors University, 2023

Bachelor of Science - Occupational Education
Wayland Baptist University - 1995

Associate of Science - Computer Information Systems
St. Philips College 1992


AWS Solutions Architect Professional
AWS Certified Developer Associate
AWS Authorized Instructor
AWS Certified Educator
AWS Academy Instructor
CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional
Certified Ethical Hackler
CompTIA Security+
CCIE #35240 - Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Enterprise
CCIE# 35240 - Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Service Provider
Cisco Certified Design Professional
Cisco Academy Instructor
Python Institute - Certified Entry Level Programmer

BAT Faculty: Dr. Qiaoying Zhou

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching is a life-long adventure. As educators, we not only share our knowledge and expertise with our students, but we also strive to enhance the learning experience for students by creating an optimal learning environment. Designing an enriched course serves as a foundation to build strong connections between students, learning content, and instructors. A well-designed course provides a high-quality alignment between course learning objectives (CLO), learning activities, and assessments. It also fosters a culture of curiosity and helps students recognize their potential, enabling them to become active learners in their educational journey.


Ph.D. in Education. Specialty: Education Technology and E-learning
Northcentral University, 2012

M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of New Mexico, 2003

B.S. in Material Science and Engineering, Dept. of Material Science and Engineering
Beijing Univ. of Chemical Technology Beijing, P.R. China, 1997


AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
AWS Academy Accredited Educator
AWS Architect Level 1 Certificate
AWS Academy Cloud Foundations Certificate.
Cisco CCNA Networking Academy Verified Certificate
Master Teacher Certificate, ACD
Quality Matters (QM™) certified for Master Reviewer Certification (MRC)
Quality Matters (QM™) certified for Course Peer Review Challenge (CPRC)
Quality Matters (QM™) certified for Independent Applying the QM Rubric (AAPQMR): Statewide Systems
Quality Matters (QM™) High Education Peer Reviewer (External Reviewer, SME—Subject Matter Expert Reviewer, and Chair of Review Teams)
ACOL Quality Certification: Quality Course Certification Challenge (QC3)


Dr. Qiaoying Zhou

Dr. John Grillo

Matthew Burch


Jose Ortiz (Student Advisor)

Adrienne Partida

Emily Coppin

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