​Two ASU Students Earn Sought-After Certificate

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AWS cloud students


By Hazel Scott

Two Alabama State University students have earned one of today’s hottest certificates in the evolving cloud computing platform.

Deborah Warmate, accounting and Computer Information Systems major, and Dontrey Manley, Computer Information Systems major, have earned the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Cloud Practitioner Certificate.

Warmate and Manley explained that becoming an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner is a recommended step toward achieving an Associate-level or Specialty certification.

“It opens doors,’’ said Manley, who is also a running back on the Hornets football team. “This is the steppingstone to taking courses for the advanced certificates. It also looks good on your resume.”

Warmate, a junior from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, said job prospects for anyone trained in digital cloud data development are skyrocketing and with her double major, she sees a bright future in the workplace.

“The certificate is a fast track to a better paying job. Cloud computing is where most businesses are headed,” said Warmate. “The certificate is not IT specific. It can be used for accounting firms and other businesses delving into cloud computing. The AWS Cloud Practitioner Certificate definitely will make me more marketable in the workforce.”

A 2020 IT industry study shows employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 11 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. These IT positions are projected to add about 531,200 new jobs. The study also cited demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

“It’s a smart investment for anyone who wants to advance their career,” said Warmate. “Most organizations run a part or all of their software on the AWS cloud, and more and more companies are making their shift toward the AWS platform.”

​Both Manley and Warmate encourage students to buckle down for the AWS test.​

"It won't be a waste of time," said Manley, a Uniontown, Alabama native."AWS is extending its reach to IT and non-IT fields."

Warmate​, who  is a Golden  Ambassador, ​ echoed Manley. “If you apply yourself anybody can get a certificate.”