Originally posted to LoudounNow by Renss Greene

Northern Virginia Community College is launching a program to fill the workforce for one of Loudoun’s most famous and fast-growing industries: data centers.

Loudoun is home to more than 75 data centers, according to the county Department of Economic Development, and more open every year. NVCC’s new two-year program, called Engineering Technology: Datacenter Operations Technician, begins this fall and will provide student training in a cross-section of all the nuts-and-bolts work needed to keep a high-tech data center going, from HVAC and cabling to Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements and how to communicate in an engineering setting. And like other NVCC programs, it will be built on hands-on training, with a mock-up of a data center on campus.

“I think from our point of view, there are lots of students—and this isn’t just for the younger students straight out of high school, this is for older students as well—this is a less traditional career path maybe for people in this area,” said NVCC Loudoun Campus Provost Julie Leidig. “But it has tremendous opportunities.”

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