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West Los Angeles College is an authorized VMware IT Academy 


Please Note:

VMware Training at West is only available to individuals who may be a student in full or part time education, unemployed, career changers or trying to improve their knowledge and are paying for the training themselves. It is not for companies or corporate entities to obtain training for their employees – those individuals must go to a commercial VMware training offering through a VMware authorized training center. To locate a VMware Authorized Training Center near you, visit: 


For additional information about VMware’s vITA program visit:

The vITA program information is helpful for instructors, students, and training institutions wishing to learn more about the VMware IT Academy.

The VMware IT Academy Program has been developed to introduce students to VMware technologies. It enhances students' experiences by providing students access to:

  • The latest VMware technologies
  • High quality curriculum
  • Course paths that lead to certification
  • Courses that can be integrated into degree programs
  • Web course access with content that supports the faculty led learning environment


The VMware IT Academy Program provides faculty with services and tools to support delivering a quality learning experience for students by providing faculty with:

  • Access to web based courses for use in class preparation and class presentation
  • Access to a secure web site with course set-up guides and lab files
  • Authorization to purchase course materials directly from VMware's print vendor.
  • Authorization to purchase certification vouchers directly from VMware's certification


West Los Angeles College is a member of VMware Academic Program 

The VMware Academic Program (VAP) provides access to numerous VMware software products for one year to students at no cost.  Students get access to VMware software to download on their own computers and use for learning and educational purposes.



The VMware Virtualization and Cloud Computing Track

West as a VMware IT Academy is currently offering a four-course track to help students build a cloud computing foundations, pursue VMware certifications, and prepare for cloud computing careers related to WMware and Amazon Web Services.

Although, some classes can be taken concurrently, the courses are listed in relative order:

  • CIS 231 – Intro. to Virtualization and Cloud Computing Essentials
  • CIS 232 – Information Storage and Management for Computer Networks
  • CIS 233 – VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, and Manage, Part-1
  • CIS 235 – VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, and Manage, Part-2
  • CIS XYZ – Hybrid Cloud Architectures with AWS and VMware (proposed)

The course sequence starts during the summer semester and ends during the spring semester of the following academic year (essentially three academic semesters).

The VMware Certified Professional Overview:


General Track Prerequisites

Before pursuing the virtual and cloud computing track, students should have:


  • System administrator experience with Windows Server or Linux
  • Working knowledge of networking technologies
  • Intermediate understanding of network operating systems
  • Basic knowledge of Active Directory (Users, Groups, Permission Inheritance)
  • An understanding of security concepts and methodologies
  • Functional knowledge of TCP/IP


At West LA College students typically meet the above course prerequisites by completing the following courses:

  • CIS 113 – Intermediate Linux
  • CIS 229 – Introduction to Cisco Networking Fundamentals
  • CIS 227 – Introduction to Microsoft Server Operating Systems (Windows Server 2016)


So, make no mistake this series of courses provides the training necessary to be VMware datacenter administrator or public cloud architect.


Track Training Environment

VMware related courses are delivered using NetLAB technology.  Students are assigned his or her own dedicated network pod to use throughout the course.

An example of a network pod topology can be viewed at the following link:

Students are expected to complete dozens of labs throughout the track.  Some examples:


Why VMware Training

The goal is to help student prepare for various industry certifications and compete for high in-demand jobs related to “on-premise” data center administration and public clouds.  In fact, VMware trained individuals are some of the most “in-demand” IT professionals.


Learn More

To learn more about VMware education and its many benefits visit:



Contact Associate Professor Marcus E. Butler for additional information at: