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AWS Academy Cloud Foundations

Please note that this is not an asynchronous on-line track. Everyone is expected to log in every day all day according to the Winter Working Connections schedule. This is a synchronous track.

This on-line Working Connections event is intended solely for the person who registers. Link sharing is only permitted with the prior approval of the National Convergence Technology Center.

This track is now CLOSED, but you can be added to the “wait list” and be notified if space opens up. When you register, select the Python “WAIT LIST ONLY” option as your primary choice and another track as your alternate choice. You will be placed in your alternate choice until space opens up in your primary choice.



The AWS Academy Cloud Foundations workshop is for educators who seek an overall understanding of cloud computing concepts, independent of specific technical roles. It provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. This training workshop reviews the core domains of knowledge necessary to achieve the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification exam and teach the AWS Academy Cloud Foundations course.


Each participant must have the following completed two weeks prior to the start of the workshop (Monday, November 30):
1. Your institution must be an active AWS Academy member institution or join as a member:
NOTE: This step can take longer than you expect because it involves getting your college administration to approve legal terms and conditions.
2. You must have an active nomination for the AWS Academy Cloud Foundations course
3. You must have completed the mandatory one-hour AWS Academy accreditation overview workshop





Matt Heffernan has been with Amazon Web Services since April of 2018. He led a program growing Cloud Consultants for the National Security team prior to joining AWS Academy. Matt has worked in the Information Technology for 20+ years. He has created and taught various technologies for Sun Microsystems, Symantec, VMware, and World Wide Technology prior to joining Amazon. In his spare time, Matt enjoys hiking in the mountains outside Denver where he lives, playing hockey and tinkering with old cars.

Course Objectives

In this workshop, participants will complete weekly assignments consisting of discussion questions, labs, reading, videos, and activities before meeting with the instructor every Friday. These instructor-led sessions will dive deeper into topics identified during the weekly assignments and provide additional instruction and review of labs or activities. The final meeting with the instructor is to cover certification exam best practices and preparation where evaluation of several sample example questions and discussions will drive certification preparedness.

  • Explain the AWS Cloud, including details on AWS’ pricing philosophy, the global infrastructure components of AWS, and security/compliance measures
  • Create a virtual private cloud (VPC) using Amazon VPC) and other tools such as Amazon EC2, AWS Lambda, and AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  • Differentiate between the many AWS services and tools, including Amazon S3, Amazon EBS, Amazon EFS, and Amazon S3 Glacier
  • Demonstrate when to use AWS database services
  • Explain the architectural principles of the AWS Cloud and explore key concepts
  • Prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification exam


Please note that content is subject to change or modification based on the unique needs of the track participants in attendance.

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