Kick Start Your Technology Career Today


Join our free, fully online 10-week program to jump-start your career in tech as a Jr. Cloud Practitioner.

As part of the Verizon Skill Forward Initiative, Generation USA offers you the opportunity to learn all you need to be successful in a long-term career – from the technical knowledge to the soft skills that will help you achieve your potential. After the program, graduates have the opportunity to explore different learning outcomes like apprenticeships, internships, continuing education, or full-time employment.

This program is part of our Training Accelerator programs. Learn more about the admissions process and support benefits here.


10 Weeks

Monday - Friday, 9AM-5PM

Course Level

This program is designed for beginners.


AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

Upcoming Program

May 3, 2023

Application Due By April 19


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What does a Junior Cloud Practitioner Do?

A Junior Cloud Practitioner performs the coding and software engineering that brings the architect’s vision to life. They merge traditional programming skills with specialized knowledge in one or more of the leading cloud platforms’ development environments to build, deploy and optimize cloud-based applications.

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The Soft Skills

In every job, there are key skills that will help you be successful. We’ll help you learn:

Behavioral Skills


You adjust your plans and actions based on changing needs and circumstances.


You are able to convey your message clearly to different types of people using a variety of tools to receive and spread information.


You communicate with your team, ask for help when you need it, and offer them support.

Orientation to Detail

You notice the smallest parts of a task or situation so that you can complete a job that you are assigned with complete accuracy.


Growth Mindset

You believe you can learn and improve over time with practice.


You do not give up in the face of challenges or after you have made a mistake.

Personal Responsibility

You take ownership over your work and decisions. You work hard, keep commitments, and don’t make excuses.

Future Orientation

You set goals for the future, understand how your actions will help you achieve them, and frequently check your progress.

The Technical Knowledge

Our Junior Cloud Practitioner (JCP) program is designed to equip learners with the skillsets and expertise they need to succeed:

Introduction to Role

In this section, you will be introduced to:

  • Effective workplace communication and collaboration
  • How to stay up-to-date with technology trends
  • Problem-Solving

IT Fundamentals

In this section, you will cover:

  • Hardware
  • Operating Systems
  • Networking

Python Fundamentals

In this section, you will be introduced to Python and learn:

  • Getting Started With Python
  • Basic and Intermediate Scripting
  • Libraries, Pip, and Virtualenv
  • Building a Web Application with Python and Flask

Linux Essentials

In this section, you will study:

  • Open Source
  • Command Line
  • Security
  • Practice Exam

DevOps Essentials

In this section, you will be introduced to Python and learn:

  • DevOps Theory and Practice
  • Source Control with Git
  • Containerization with Docker

AWS Cloud Essentials

In this section, you will learn about AWS:

  • Introduction to AWS
  • Identify and Access Management
  • Simple Storage Service
  • CloudFront
  • The Elastic Compute Cloud
  • Load Balancing and Autoscaling
  • The Relational Database Service
  • Architecting for the Cloud
  • Misc Services
  • Cloud Concepts and Technologies Summaries
  • Billing and Pricing
  • Security in the Cloud

The Learning Process

Online Instruction

Introduction to new topics will be covered by instructors and teaching assistants. They will cover topics through a combination of lecture and live coding.

Mentored Exercises

Apply your understanding of these new topics by doing - but don't worry, you'll have access to instructors and teaching assistants if/when you need guidance. On average, 75% of our programs are practice vs. instruction.

Real-World Experience

What good is all this knowledge if you can't apply it? By the end of this program, you will be prepared to complete the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification.

Materials to Keep Going

Whether you continue your journey with self-study, or take the next steps to pursue a career in web development, we'll give you personalized guidance on how to continue after graduation.

Your Day at a Glance

Schedule Overview

You will participate in several different types of instructional sessions throughout your program that are tailored to help you succeed in work and in life.

National JWD Sample Schedule

Start Your Generation Journey Today

What You’ll Need To Start

When you apply to Generation, you join a community of fellow learners, educators and advisors who are there to cheer you on from the application process through graduation and beyond.

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Learner Testimonials

Generation has been a door opener. I don’t have a background whatsoever in IT. Generation gave me an opportunity to learn a new trade and to interview with prospective employers. It gave me the tools, resources and support I needed to transition from where I was to where I am right now.

Steven Nwachukwu

Junior Cloud Practitioner, Dallas Cohort