AWS Academy

AWS Academy

Questions? Contact Us.

Kelly Caudle
Program Head, IT Academy
kcaudle5282@stanly.edu
704-991-0346

Get AWS certified with classes at Stanly Community College’s IT Academy (SCC/ITA). We offer a course in AWS Cloud Foundations which prepares students for the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam.  Also, we offer AWS Cloud Architecting (ACA)  and AWS Cloud Operations as part of our AWS academy.

SCC/ITA offers these courses under the umbrella of Continuing Education. These fast-paced courses are conducted online. All course materials, assessments, and labs are available through our online learning management system. Students have access to top of the line instruction and equipment.

Class Descriptions


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To ensure you are contacted when these classes are offered, please add your information to our online waitlist for the course you wish to take.


Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in taking a class at the IT Academy. How do I go about enrolling in this class? 

To start the process of taking a class in the IT Academy, you must first place your name on the wait list. This can be done by clicking on the following link and selecting the class you wish to take: https://itacademy.stanly.edu/waitlist.aspx 

If you wish to take multiple classes, you must sign up on the wait list for each class you wish to take. Once your name is on the wait list, our registration technicians will register for the classes in a First In First Out manner (FIFO). We cannot guarantee you will be enrolled in the next set of classes at the IT Academy, but we will do everything we can to enroll you in a class as quickly as possible. Once you are enrolled, the registration technicians send an email with payment details, and it is your responsibility to pay for the class in a timely manner. 

How long is the course?

Each course is 8 weeks (about 2 months) in length.  

What is the time/workload expectations for the course?

Each course varies, but most of our courses will have at least one weekly meeting at a time to be determined by the instructor based on the students’ availability. These will be recorded if you are unable to attend. The rest of the material will be scheduled asynchronously. This will allow students to work in their own time, and at their own pace, which can be especially helpful for adult learners who need to balance their education with work and family responsibilities. It also provides a way for students who live far away from a school or university to participate in courses remotely. However, there will be quizzes, labs, and assignments with due dates to help you stay on track to finish the class. 

Is the course able to be completed fully online?

Yes, all IT academy courses are offered in a fully online format. 

When will the course start?

IT Academy courses start after the regular semester class start date, but typically run five sets of 8-week courses throughout the year. Please check the schedule for exact dates for the next course.   

What order should I take the classes?

We recommend taking the AWS classes in the following order:

AWS Academy Cloud Foundations­­­:

  • Begin with an introduction to cloud computing and AWS, covering fundamental concepts, services, and architectural best practices.

AWS Academy Cloud Security Foundations:

  • After completing the Cloud Foundations course, you can delve into the Cloud Security Foundations course. This will provide a solid understanding of security concepts and best practices specific to AWS.

AWS Academy Cloud Architecting:

  • Take AWS Cloud Architecting course that focuses on cloud architecture, covering the design of scalable and highly available systems on AWS.

AWS Academy Cloud Operations:

  • Take Cloud Operations course that covers managing and operating applications on AWS, including, AWS CLI, monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimizing AWS environments.

AWS Academy Cloud Developing:

  • If your goal is to become a developer on AWS, progress to a Cloud Developing course, which typically covers building applications on AWS, integrating services, and development best practices.

How much do the courses cost?  

AWS Academy Cloud Foundations (24hrs) $85.50 USD

AWS Academy Cloud Security Foundations (24hrs) $85.50 USD 

AWS Academy Cloud Architecting (40hrs) $140.50 USD 

AWS Academy Cloud Operations (40hrs) $140.50 USD  

AWS Academy Cloud Developing (40hrs) $140.50 USD

How much do the materials cost?

The course materials are provided at no charge to you. The AWS Labs and content are provided inside the course through AWS Academy and managed by AWS. The course uses a Canvas integration that pulls the labs from Vocareum into the AWS Class, so the labs and material are inside the same course. 

Do I receive a discount voucher for the certification exam at the end of the course?

Yes. 

How much of a discount?

You will receive a discount voucher for 50% off the retail cost of a single foundation-level exam after completion of a foundation-level class.  After completion of an associate-level exam, you will receive a single discount voucher for 50% off of a single associate-level exam.  If you take more than one associate or foundation class and exam, the second exam is full cost.

What happens if I do not pass the certification exam on the first attempt?

You will need to pay full price for your second attempt.