Cloud Computing - Bachelor of Applied Technology

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

Please Notice: The Bachelor of Applied Technology Degree in Cloud Computing has received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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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.


What will I learn?

Through this undergraduate program, with an emphasis on practical experience, you will learn how to design and implement a cloud-based network infrastructure. You will create and manage artificial intelligence and machine learning objects in the cloud. In addition, you will learn how to manage datacenter operations to include safety and regulatory compliance requirements. You will understand various cost pricing structures in cloud deployments to meet the budgetary needs of organizations. Finally, you will create, manage, and analyze data (data analytics) using cloud-based tools.

What can I do with this course of study?

This undergraduate 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. You can work as a network architect, regulatory and compliance manager, find jobs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and in datacenter operations, to include safety and energy compliance requirements. You can provide valuable experience to organizations planning on a full or hybrid (partial) cloud deployment.

What is special about this program?

Northwest Vista College has academy partnerships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cisco Networking Academy, Palo Alto Networks, and Microsoft. Students who enroll in this program can earn their Network+, Linux+, Security+, Linux Professional Institute (LPIC), and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). In addition, students can earn their AWS Cloud Foundations, AWS Cloud Developer, and AWS Cloud Solutions Architect, AWS SysOps Administrator, AWS Machine Learning Specialty, and AWS Data Analytics Specialty certifications. Careers Available: The following titles are examples of careers associated with the Network and Cloud & Architecture, Network Administrator and Information Security Analyst programs but not limited to:

  • Network Administrator 
  • Network Solutions Cloud Architect
  • Datacenter Operations Technician
  • Network Technician
  • Data Analyst
  • Machine Learning Specialist
  • Regulatory and Compliance Manager
  • Data Security
  • Computer Security
  • Information Security Officer Specialist

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 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





Available Courses:

Course Descriptions and Outcomes

Degree Plan (Fully Online)

Prerequisite (60 SCH Completion)

AAS graduates from the programs below meet the requirements for entry into the BAT in Cloud Computing (Years 1-2)

Northwest Vista College:
AAS – Game Development (Specialization in Game Programming)
AAS – Network Administrator
AAS – Information Security Analyst
AAS – Network and Cloud Architecture
AAS – Digital Media

San Antonio College:
AAS – Computer Programming
AAS – Computer Support Specialist
AAS – Information Assurance and Cyber Security
AAS – Network Administrator
AAS – Secure Software Development

St Phillips College:
AAS – Cisco Network Professional
AAS – Computer Engineering Technology
AAS – Information Technology Cyber Security Specialist
AAS – Information Technology Network Administrator
AAS – Office Systems Technology
AAS – Web & Mobile Developer

Palo Alto College:
AAS – Computer and Networking Support Specialist
AAS – Cyber Defense and Operations
AAS – Network and Cloud Computing
AAS – Software Applications Development

Northeast Lakeview College:
AAS – Cyber Defense
AAS – Network Administration Technology

NOTE: Students who have completed courses outside of Colleges within the Alamo Colleges District can have the transcripts reviewed for credit transfer into the BAT.

Bachelor of Applied Technology – Cloud Computing
(120 SCH including 60 SCH from Prerequisite Degree)

First Semester (Year 3)
NETC 3301 Introduction to the Cloud I
NETC 3302 Introduction to the Cloud II
Remaining Core course requirements

Second Semester (Year 3)
NETC 3300 Principles of Architecting on Cloud Computing Platforms
NETC 3350 Cloud Datacenter Operations I
Remaining Core course requirements

Third Semester (Year 3)
NETC 3360 Cloud Datacenter Operations II
NETC 4301 Introduction to Machine Learning in Cloud Environments
Remaining Core course requirements

Fourth Semester (Year 4)
NETC 4302 Advanced AI and Machine Learning in Cloud Environments
NETC 4350 Cloud Engineering and Datacenter Compliance
Remaining Core Course Requirements

Fifth Semester (Year 4)
NETC 4380 Big Data Analytics on Cloud Infrastructures
*NETC 4388 Senior Project in Information Tech
Remaining Core Course Requirements




Frequently Asked Questions

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.
What Other Approvals Do We Need?
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is expected to approve NVC's BAT degree plan on October 26. NVC is also seeking approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) on obtaining Level-II status to offer this bachelor degree.
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


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.


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