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found the answer in the IBM
With the help of graduates
who have entered the workforce,
Thalassinidis has been educating
students on the value of
learning skills such as RPG.
"We are showing them the job
possibilities," he says. "We
have three workshops where
we can teach them RPG. If they
are dedicated and give us four
weekends, we will do a 30- to
40-hour workshop and give them
a good background."
The PSAI isn't just about
replacement skills, though.
"We need skills to support the
IBM i install base, but we need
to look at the future as well,"
says Peter T. Glass, program
manager for the PSAI. In the
last several months, the PSAI
has added courseware from Red
Hat encompassing both Red Hat
Linux administration training
and application development.
SUSE courses include SUSE
storage management and SUSE
administration. Rogue Wave
Software has contributed PHP
What Can You Do?
Help support the talent pool you'll draw from tomorrow:
Get involved with your local university. Work on an advisory board to help
colleges develop the curriculum that addresses your business needs.
Encourage your staff to guest lecture at nearby schools. Topics can range
from specific skills to a discussion of their particular career path.
Have your IT shop occasionally assist with technical support of the
university systems. Students can learn a great deal and professors who
are operating outside of their primary skill set will appreciate the aid.
Offer internships. By the time students near graduation, many already have
jobs lined up. Get involved in their education early for the best choices.
Post open positions on the Power Systems Academic Initiative job board.
and Zend Framework materials:
hypertext preprocessing (PHP)
courses and Framework 2 courses
for developing web applications
and services with PHP.
"A good mixture of resources is
available for IBM clients, whether
they need legacy skills or because
their workforce is retiring or
because they need new staff or
to train existing staff to address
up-and-coming business needs,"
says Glass. "Regardless of what
organizations require, the PSAI
has a strategy in place to help
Participating schools can also
take advantage of additional
k By the Numbers
the number of
schools has risen
from 135 to over
and universities using
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IBM educational resources
such as IBM technical libraries,
Redbooks* publications and
IBM subject-matter experts. This
includes a "Teach the Teachers"
program, which enables professors
at colleges and universities who
may not have Power Systems
knowledge to take a deep dive in
the technology and equip them to
more effectively teach it to their
Of course, programming
and system administration are
hands-on subjects. That's why
a key aspect of the Academic
Initiative program is the
Power Systems Academic Cloud.