Originally posted to Loudoun Times-Mirror by Veronike Collazo

With the data center industry booming in northern Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College is partnering with the data center community to pilot a course to prepare students for this expanding career field.

The new program, “The Engineering Technology: Datacenter Operations Technician,” is meant to be a bridge between unskilled high school graduates and entry-level data center workforce.

NOVA is developing a curriculum and classes to fulfill entry-level job requirements at data centers. To facilitate hands-on training, NOVA is working with local businesses to create a lab data center, which will provide a realistic data center environment. Classrooms will be outfitted with the latest trainers, testing and demo equipment to mimic job requirements, officials said.

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