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This course is a nineteen (19) week intensive and comprehensive hands-on oriented technical training. This training aims to provide the participant with the necessary skills to obtain an entry-level position as a Cloud Support technician. During these weeks students are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in getting two industry recognized certifications (CompTIA Linux+ and Amazon Web Services AWS Associate Level Certification) by the end of the course.

Every day organizations depend on cloud support technicians to ensure the uptime, performance, resources, and security of their computing systems without exceeding the budget. Today’s technicians are expected to manage infrastructures while having the skills to scale it with their knowledge of cloud solutions. In this course, you will simulate an infrastructure and learn hands-on skills ranging from computer networking to Windows and Linux Servers, to scripting and programming in the cloud.

If you already have some entry level IT experience and are interested in expanding your skill set to become more adaptable in IT operations, then this course is for you!

A Snapshot

19 Weeks Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00-4:00

Wednesdays from 9 AM - 1 PM

  • CompTIA Linux+ Certification
  • AWS Associate Level Certification
  • Hands-on training using a virtual lab and Amazon Web Services
  • Career counseling & connections to employment

What You’ll Learn

This curriculum will kick start your career in Cloud Support. It focuses on the technical skills and certifications needed to land a job in the field - 75% of the technical coursework is hands-on and while you’re in the course you will create a virtual lab where you will simulate situations technicians face daily in the field. Classes are small, so your instructor will be available to help as often as you need.


This course will be held Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with half day Wednesdays for 19 weeks. The course includes technical instruction and professional development curriculum. Review the syllabus for the specifics.


Week 1 of 19


Learn from the best

Learn from certified teachers with years of real-world training experience. Our instructors don’t just teach you what you need to know, but how to learn it.

Career Development

Building Your Career

You need more than just technical skills to get a good job. Excellent people skills are just as important. We’ve got you covered.

Start Out Right

Construct a professional resume and practice your interview skills. Find out exactly what employers are looking for and how you can impress them.

Get your foot in the door

Get customized referrals to open jobs at our hundreds of employer partners. Call on dedicated career developers for personalized advocacy, coaching and support.

Connect to our network

Meet and learn from working IT professionals. Visit employer sites and see their operations firsthand. Attend industry networking events and start making professional contacts.

Key to Success

Our students don't just land the job. They keep the job. Employers say customer service skills matter most. So you can guarantee it will be re-emphasized and applied with every piece of tech you learn.

Student Life

A Community of Support

You'll work hard. There's no doubt about it.

But if you’re like most students, you’ll look forward to each new day. And you’ll marvel at all the changes you see in yourself. Prepare yourself to spend your days in class and your evenings studying. Many students have children and hold part-time jobs and, despite those demands, they find a way to succeed. You will, too.

Buckle up

We'll be moving quickly. There’s a lot to pack in, and the standards are set high. But we also structure your training experience so that you have plenty of time to learn and practice each new skill.

Meet your new family

Your classmates will come from all walks of life and range in age from 18 to 65 (or older). It won’t take long before you see them as a second family—a community dedicated to everyone’s success. Study groups form somewhat naturally in and out of the classroom. Potluck dinners optional.

The staff are also some of the most dedicated and positive sources of encouragement you will ever encounter. Even on the days when some challenges might feel impossible, they will do everything in their power to help you continue to advance forward.


Modern Facilities

Our facilities always include modern classrooms; well-equipped training labs; and places to relax, socialize and study.

Your own workstation

You will work from your own lab-based computer workstation for the entire course. There, you’ll follow along in lectures and demonstrations, practice new skills, review course materials and measure how much you’ve learned.


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To be eligible for Systems Administrator:

  • Ages 18 and older
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Interest in pursuing a career in Systems Administration
  • 1+ year IT work experience or equivalent IT focused coursework strongly preferred
  • Candidates with existing CompTIA and/or Cisco certifications strongly encouraged to apply
  • U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Women, youth, and U.S. Veterans strongly encouraged to apply
  • Unemployed or underemployed

Other factors that may affect your eligibility are addressed in the FAQs.

Become fully versed in:

  • Computing with Windows and Linux Operating Systems
  • Networking & security concepts
  • Server Administration
  • Bash and Powershell scripting
  • AWS Cloud Computing Solutions


Apply to Per Scholas by completing our online application. Once you have submitted an application, our Recruitment and Admissions team will follow-up directly and support your application and interview process virtually.


It’s free.

No cost. No catch. We invest in your success. All we ask in return is that you take the course seriously and work as hard as you can.

We are a national nonprofit organization. Our courses, job placement and other services are funded by generous donors and are 100% free to students and graduates.

Because our services are free, we can’t offer any other kind of financial support. But if you’re worried about making ends meet at Per Scholas, talk to one of our admissions specialists. We may be able to find other ways to help.


Curious? Let’s break it down.

This training aims to provide the participant with the necessary skills to obtain an entry-level position as a Systems Administrator or SysAdmin. Starting salaries vary greatly, but the average is about $30,000 per year.

Most people who learn about us think: “Too good to be true.” We know it seems that way, but it’s true. Our services are provided at no cost to you, using funds we raise from foundations, corporations, government and generous individuals.

The costs you can prepare for include transportation or childcare—expenses that take care of you so you can focus on your studies.

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is an association that represents the international technology community. We have partnered with its Creating IT Futures Foundation to create the IT-Ready Network and open new training sites around the country.

The instruction we provide prepares you for the testing services offered by CompTIA. A CompTIA certificate gives employers proof that you have mastered a particular set of IT skills.

You will prepare to earn the CompTIA Linux+ Certification and the AWS Associate Level Certification. As a Per Scholas graduate, you may have access to advanced certifications as well like the Security+ certification and others.

Both exams cost money, but we pay the fee for you.

Yes. Per Scholas courses are approved for people receiving unemployment insurance, as well as other benefits that would ordinarily require them to spend time working or looking for work. Your benefits should not be affected. If you have questions or concerns about your situation, please contact us.

Unfortunately, we cannot process your application until you have received clearance to work in the U.S. However, if you are experiencing problems, we can refer you to other organizations that may be able to help.

We have onsite staff available to help students navigate childcare options. Ask to speak with the Childcare Navigator when you attend an info session.

We comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other relevant laws and regulations. Please contact us at [email protected] or (718) 991-8400 to discuss your specific situation and needs.

We're proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. See our full EEO statement here.