Information Technology

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Computer Networking - Certificate - Cloud Computing

Bellingham Technical College is a Microsoft IT Academy member and is a member of CompTIA.

Employment Information

Data are provided on a program (not credential) level

72% BTC graduate placement rate1

$63,311 starting annual wage2
$79,867 average annual wage2
$94,358 potential annual wage2


  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    1Employment data come from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and reflect WA/OR employment for students enrolled at BTC between 2017-18 and 2019-20. Students are included in the employment rate if they left with a credential. Rates are not shown for programs with fewer than 10 students meeting the above criteria.

    2Whatcom County and WA State wage data come from Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) 2021 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates and reflect 2018-21 employment. Wage data represent occupations that BTC faculty have identified as the most relevant career paths for program graduates. Note that these wages reflect employees with varying educational levels/credentials. For cases in which multiple occupations have been identified by faculty, a weighted percentile is calculated using each occupation’s percentile wage and employment size estimate. Wages are not shown for programs for which occupations do not meet the ESD’s minimum thresholds for publishing. If the program has wage data from the Washington SBCTC that involves shift work, these ESD wages reflect the same number of hours used in the annual wage calculation. Starting wage = 25th percentile, median wage = 50th percentile, wage potential = 75th percentile.

  • Estimated Program Costs

Tuition Fees and Rates overview page

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

Students should check with a general or faculty advisor to determine when the classes required for this Certificate are available.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at for assistance with academic planning.

What are My Next Steps?


Total Program Credits: 15

  • Current Students: Learn how to use this page to register for classes

  • Program Specialty

  • IT 252Amazon Cloud5 CR
  • IT 253Microsoft Cloud5 CR
  • IT 254Web Applications5 CR
  • View past class requirements for this program.

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing the Cloud Computing certificate, students will be able to:

  • Apply concepts of XaaS (anything as a service) to meet appropriate business use cases.
  • Deploy cloud-hosted services to meet industry standards.
  • Perform system administration roles utilizing cloud service management interfaces.
  • Troubleshoot cloud security controls in accordance with best practices.

Faculty & Support

  • Degrees and Credentials

    Certificate, A+ Certified Professional

    Certificate, Microsoft Certified Professional

    Certificate, Network+ Certified Professional

    BS, Community Health Ed, Western Washington University

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    Certificate, Linux+ Certified

    Certificate, Certified Netware Administrator

Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, and a minor in History. For the next 15 years he worked as a computer programmer (Dealer Information Systems), and as a database programmer, network administrator and IT Manager at Western Washington University (WWU). During that time he also obtained his commercial pilot license and float plane rating from Trinity Western University. Mike has been teaching Computer Networking at Bellingham Technical College since 2000. He is currently pursuing a degree in Biology at WWU.

  • Degrees and Credentials

    Certificate, CompTIA A+ Certified

    Certificate, CompTIA Network+ Certified

    BA, Business Administration/Computer Science, Western Washington University

    MA, Biology, Miami University

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

  • Degrees and Credentials

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    AAS, Computer Network Technology, Bellingham Technical College


If you have questions about this program or want help with the admissions steps to Bellingham Technical College, please email

Current students wanting academic planning and support, can connect with the program Instructor(s) or email