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  1. IBM Academic Initiative, System z

  2. Newly declared computer-science majors down 32% The number of job openings for IT professionals nationwide has increased by 47.6% from 2004 to 2006. Approximately 70 million Baby Boomers will exit the workforce during the next 15 years, with only 40 million workers coming in The need for IT professionals is greater than ever * SkillProff,Watson Wyatt,; U.S. Department of Labor; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Information Technology Association of America

  3. We know those mainframe workers want to retire and go surfing! 53% of mainframe workers have 20+ years

  4. What is the IBM Academic Initiative? • Membership in the IBM Academic Initiative is freeand open to individual faculty members. Apply at • Worldwide program • Supports many IBM Brands and technologies • Encourages open standards, open source • Provides easy access to hardware, software, courses, textbooks, and resources

  5. 294 213 27,000 70 24 10,000 IBM Academic Initiative for System z Goal: Set in 2004 to help create a pipeline of 20,000 MF educated students in the marketplace by 2010 Growing Academic Initiative Over half of schools outside of US 47,000 Schools in Program 420 Students Taught YE2003 YE2004 YE2005 YE2006 3Q2007 • Academic Initiative by the numbers: • Participation – 420+ schools registered, over 47,000 students attended mainframe Ed • Courses – 25 Courses (more under development) & Mastery Exam Certification • zCommunity – Running local roundtables with Client / School / ISV • Resources – Access to Mainframes world wide for teaching (6 Univ hubs) • Student MF Contests – 9 contests with 8,180 students, 1,011 schools…more coming WW • IBM Help – zSkills Help Desk ( + over 300 IBM MF ambassadors • Assist Professors – Education seminars, Faculty awards, education coupons • Web site -

  6. 294 213 27,000 70 24 10,000 IBM Academic Initiative for System z Growing Academic Initiative 47,000 Schools in Program 438 Students Taught YE2003 YE2004 YE2005 YE2006 3Q2007 • Educators from over 430+ schools worldwide are currently investigating or teaching mainframe technologies • What schools are teaching Mainframe technologies? - “Participating schools” tab

  7. What schools are teaching Mainframe technologies? - “Participating schools” tab • Educators from over 420+ schools worldwide are currently investigating or teaching mainframe technologies

  8. Course materials and textbooks Remote Mainframe access Curriculum assistance (Examples of majors, concentrations, and certificate programs) Faculty Seminars and Workshops Roundtable events Entry level for z/OS System Programmer Mastery Test Student Opportunity System Student mainframe contests Academic Initiatives at a glance

  9. How educators get started • Educators join the initiative at: Download Course Materials Request mainframe access 407 Schools 25 courses Attend faculty education 6 hubs for remote access Professor seminars, Education coupons

  10. IBM System z courses

  11. How do schools implement our courses? • Teach a mainframe course “as is” – most courses are a full semester(classroom or online) • Develop an enterprise computing undergraduate major, specialization track in the graduate program, or certificate program • Teach a course as a special topic or elective • Integrate modules, chapters, labs into existing curricula

  12. Samples of Enterprise Systems majors, concentrations, and certificate programs Illinois State University Enterprise Computing Undergraduate Specialization University of Arkansas - Undergraduate courses - Linux on z, z/OS, SAP,DB2 - Enterprise transactions Stevens Institute, NJ Enterprise Computing Graduate Certificate Northeastern University Graduate certificate in Mainframe Technologies and Programming Marist College On-Demand with Enterprise Systems Certificate program Houston Community CollegeEnterprise Mainframe System Certificate

  13. Worldwide Mainframe hub systems Locations: • Marist College, New York • University of Arkansas • Brazil • Montpellier, France: IBM site “ZEUS” • China: 5 systems, serving 8 schools • IBM Innovation Center

  14. Faculty education offerings For a complete list, see

  15. Building mainframe skills for the community Student Mainframe Contests z/OS Mastery Exam zNextGen & SHARE Academic Initiatives to generate interest to validate z knowledge to extend the community Z Skills Help Deskto assist the community Roundtables on Campus to get industry input

  16. IBM System z entry level for z/OS System Programmer Mastery Test • Measure and validate mainframe z/OS knowledge • Introduction to the Mainframe: z/OS Basics • Panel of subject matter experts • IBM • College and university faculty • Mainframe customers • Worldwide proctored exam • Results recorded in IBM certification database • Goal: Increase the chances for success within an organization's mainframe community • Qualifies students to submit their resumes to the Student Opportunity System Database (Accessible by customers) • Leverage the value and importance of System z courses in academia

  17. IBM Student Opportunity System: Connecting customers with students To participate in this opportunity, students must either have an IBM Professional Certification or have completed classes, labs, workshops or projects, or participated in contests that utilize IBM or open source technologies.

  18. Student Mainframe Contests • 2005, 2006, 2007 • Hands-on remote mainframe contest • No experience necessary • Three levels of challenges • Prizes: T- shirts, iPods, Laptops, X-Box, Wii, trips

  19. Large Systems Thinking Roundtables on Campus • Introduce Large Systems Thinking – Why teach mainframes and Enterprise Computing • Validate the demand for students educated in Large Systems Thinking • Show faculty how to leverage the IBM Academic Initiative • Provide industry input for Large Systems education programs

  20. Building Skills for the Mainframe community – How can the mainframe community get involved? • Identify a school and a contact at the school • Contact the Academic Initiative team ( • Sponsor or attend and Academic / Industry roundtable • Provide assistance- Offer internships and jobs to students- Offer scholarships- Be a guest lecturer - Be an adjunct professor- Host a student day- Attend campus career day events

  21. Important Web sites and contacts • System z Community • • Academic Initiative for the Mainframe • • z/OS Entry Level Mastery Exam & DB • • zNextGen • • Enhanced skills portal • Program Manager, Academic Initiative for the Mainframe: Kathy Pfeiffer, External skill leader, System z Don Resnik,