Kick Start Your Technology Career Today with Flexible Scheduling


Join our free part-time, 18-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.


18 Weeks

Upcoming Programs

October 27, 2021

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8PM-11PM CT | 6PM-9PM PST

November 17, 2021

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 12PM-3PM EST | 11AM-2PM CT | 9AM-12PM PST

Course Level

This program is designed for beginners.

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.

Is this program right for you?

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Skills You'll Earn

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

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.

What You'll Learn

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

How You'll Learn the Material

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 Generation 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 JavaScript Certification granted by W3Schools.

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 the end of the program.

Instructional Week 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.

During the part-time program, you will review the same content available in the full-time program. You will also receive the same support from instructors, teaching assistants and career coaches. The main difference is the part-time program is more self-directed than the full-time program.

Part-time JCP sample schedule

Admissions Process

  1. 1

    Eligibility Questionnaire

    Begin by completing a questionnaire that will determine if you are eligible.
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  2. 2


    Apply for the program you are eligible for and complete all steps.

  3. 3


    Complete applicable assessments.

    Sample Questions

  4. 4


    You'll be redirected to a 3rd party platform, HireVue, to complete a video interview. The interview helps us get to know you a bit more and allows you to tell us the things your application doesn't say.

  5. 5

    Admissions Review

    Your complete application, assessments, and interview will be reviewed by an admissions counselor who will determine your eligibility. Next, complete the support questionnaire. This helps us better understand specific needs.

  6. 6

    Admissions Decision

    You will be notified via email once a decision has been made regarding your admission and next steps.


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AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

What is required?

  • Live in the U.S.A.
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Be 18 years or older at the start of the program
  • For November 17, 2021 be available M, W, TR 12PM-3PM EST | 9AM-12PM PST for in-class hours
  • For November 17, 2021 be available for approximately 9 hours per week for out-of-class work
  • If planning to pursue employment then the applicant must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Check your personal computer's specifications here
  • Technology assistance is available to students who qualify.

Questions? Reach Out!

The Generation Admissions and Enrollment team look forward to hearing from you and sharing how Generation can help you reach your goals.