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Contest Introduces Students to the Mainframe

October 24, 2017

For years I've discussed the aging mainframe workforce and the need to get young IT pros onto the platform. I've written about zNextGen, the great SHARE program that helps recent graduates who are entering the workforce connect with one another. I've also covered the IBM Academic Initiative, which works with high schools and universities and provide the curriculum and access to systems educators need to teach mainframe skills to the next generation. The Academic Initiative has provided mainframe training and resources to students at more than 1,000 schools in 70 countries.

One long-standing Academic Initiative, um, initiative is the "Master the Mainframe" contest. Now in its 13th year, the contest challenges participants and offers prizes for students worldwide.   It's open to all students, regardless of their mainframe knowledge. Just register here.

What I find exciting about this program is how it enables high schools and universities to get involved with the IBM Academic Initiative. In addition, potential employers can also get involved and make connections that will help them replenish their mainframe staffs.

If you know any high school or college students who are interested in a career in computer science, encourage them to "Master the Mainframe."

Posted October 24, 2017 | Permalink

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