2020 Louisiana Next: Your Guide to Life After High School

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Cloud Computing

A new degree produces the most sought-after graduates


member and member of the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission Dr. Yenumula B. Reddy. Dr. Reddy also serves as the chair of the department that houses Louisiana’s first degree in cybersecurity. In addition to a degree, Dr. Reddy and his team will ensure that students receive assistance in placement in internships and cooperative education experiences. His team will also build into the program opportunities for students to engage in cutting edge research in cloud computing. Professionals with these skills are projected to remain in high demand for decades to come. “In this new environment of increased distance learning and teleworking, the demand for pro-

fessionals in disciplines like cloud computing and cybersecurity only continues to grow,” said University President Rick Gallot. “As a university, we had the forethought to integrate these programs as we continue to prepare our students to meet the demands of an evolving workforce.” Grambling State University is a Historically Black University founded in 1901 in Grambling, Louisiana. The university has been accredited by 13 associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System, and has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Mathematical Achievement for Science and Technology (CeMAST). The Center supports the seven STEM undergraduate degree programs housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, and one program in the College of Business. These programs are biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, cybersecurity, engineering technology, mathematics and physics, computer information systems and cloud computing. Visit gram.edu to learn more.


s the world and its technology continue to evolve, Louisiana is fortunate to have progressive universities offering programs that advance graduates in relevant careers. According to Forbes Magazine, in 2019 there were 50,248 cloud computing positions available in the U.S. from 3,701 employers and 101,913 open positions worldwide. Grambling State University now offers a cloud computing degree, the first program of its kind in the state. The program equips students to become cloud computing experts able to build and maintain cloud infrastructures. Beginning with the graduating class of 2024, program alums will enter the job market with titles like cloud architect, cloud consultant, IoT engineer and many other high demand techbased positions with a median starting salary over $80,000. The global cloud computing market is expected to grow to $623.3 billion by 2023. A cloud computing degree will allow graduates to play a major role in ensuring that these workforce needs can be met. Grambling State University has long been a national leader in producing African American computer and information science graduates. The new program’s development is spearheaded by Grambling State faculty