Applications are now open for the Free AWS Cloud Practitioner Course

BLOOMINGTON — The Mill, Bloomington’s nonprofit center for coworking and entrepreneurship, today announced that applications are open for the fall session of Code/IT Academy, a free upskilling program. The fall session will prepare participants to take the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Practitioner exam.

Julie Sylvester
Julie Sylvester

“Code/IT is a great opportunity for anyone who’s looking to acquire in-demand skills and build a new career path,” said Julie Sylvester, Program Manager at The Mill. “AWS Cloud Practitioner certification is an industry-recognized credential that adds real value to a resume. This particular session is ideal for people who are laser-focused on passing the AWS Cloud Practitioner exam. You’ll study the critical skills, and if you meet attendance requirements, we’ll give you a voucher to take the exam.”  

Applications are open now until October 2 for the AWS Cloud Practitioner course of Code/IT Academy. The course runs from October 17 until December 14. Sessions are held in person at The Mill on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. Participants should expect to spend 8-10 hours a week outside of class studying and completing exercises, according to Ivy Tech instructor Jason Endris.

The AWS Cloud Practitioner exam is considered moderately challenging for beginners. Before taking the course, participants should already have a basic understanding of IT services, such as networks, security, data storage, and their uses in an organization. There are no other eligibility restrictions, but enrollment is limited, said Sylvester, and preference is given to those without a college degree.

The course provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. Participants gain an understanding of cloud computing concepts, independent of specific technical roles. They also receive career counseling and interviewing support from Ivy+ Career Link

The Mill is able to offer Code/IT Academy for free thanks to a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington and funding from the City of Bloomington and the Duke Energy Foundation, Sylvester said. 

“Code/IT attracts a really diverse selection of participants,” Sylvester commented. “Some folks need the training to advance in their current job, others are un- or underemployed and looking for better jobs. We’re always excited to see how Code/IT can ignite new possibilities for participants. 

To learn more about Code/IT Academy, visit

About The Mill

The Mill is the heart of southern Indiana’s startup ecosystem and its largest coworking space. A 501(c)3 nonprofit, its mission is to spark Bloomington’s innovation economy by launching and accelerating startups, and its vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship. For more information, visit

About Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

About the Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy’s customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts, and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at