IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - Fresh Faces - October 2017 - FF11
| EDUCATOR PROFILE |
HOW MANY YEARS DID YOU WORK
For the last 15 years I worked as an IT programming
instructor at Gateway Technical College in eastern
Wisconsin. I retired at the end of the 2016-2017
academic year and started my new company
where I will continue to provide training to
young and seasoned programmers on the latest
IBM i technologies.
DURING YOUR TENURE AT GATEWAY,
ABOUT HOW MANY STUDENTS DID
YOU TEACH ABOUT IBM i?
It varied over the years depending on enrollment,
but I would guess over 500.
WHAT WAS THE MOST INNOVATIVE
IBM i-RELATED CHANGE YOU
WITNESSED DURING YOUR CAREER?
PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER
This is a very exciting time to be involved with the
IBM i platform. For most IBM i companies, the major
changes are to IBM i, Db2*, RPG and the development
tools. Many of these advancements are just starting
to become mainstream in many companies, which is
raising the need for quality education.
WHAT MAKES YOU THE MOST PROUD
OF YOUR CAREER?
I am very proud of the fact that so many of my
students are employed working on the platform.
Companies would inquire about my students
every year and many had jobs before finishing the
program. Besides teaching them IBM i technical
skills I also taught them the skills that would make
them successful IT professionals-doing the job
correctly, turning in projects on time, working
in groups and understanding that they should
always add value to an organization. Watching my
graduates continue to grow both personally and
professionally and knowing that I was an important
part of getting them started makes me proud.
ASIDE FROM YOUR CAREER IN
EDUCATION, IN WHAT OTHER
WAYS DID YOU CONTRIBUTE TO
THE IBM i COMMUNITY?
For 13 years, I served as president of the Wisconsin
Midrange Computer Association (WMCPA). I handed
over the helm of the organization to Ajay Gomez. He
is now the leader of the WMCPA and most members
of the current board are graduates of mine. My goal
when I took over the WMCPA was to have young
people see the value of professional organizations
because I believe young people are our future!
In his free time,
Jim Buck enjoys
sailing and is
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