Victoria Wixon, a computer science student at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, and Ahamed Ali Thousif, a mainframe systems programmer in Bangalore, India, each were awarded the equivalent of $35,000 in credits to attend an eight-week, vendor-agnostic immersion CA Technologies mainframe program that blends instructor-led classes with virtual and self-paced learning. The recipients were chosen based on their academic achievements, creativity and vision in the use of technology.
A recent CA Technologies study found that three-quarters of U.S. businesses foresee a scarcity of mainframe workers, and they are looking to a new generation of talent to help transfer the knowledge of legacy “mainframers” before they retire.
Today’s scholarship winners will step up to that challenge by focusing on the skills they need to become future IT leaders. Wixon and Thousif will attend the Mainframe Academy with CA Technologies, which teaches core skills to manage the mainframe environment—from programming and application development in z/OS and virtual server management, to managing batch jobs and data sets.
“Many of our customers, including global banks, insurance agencies, governments and utilities rely on the next generation of IT leaders to enable their systems to handle billions of transactions and massive workloads each day,” said Michael Madden, general manager, Mainframe, CA Technologies. “Today’s winners will join an elite group of IT leaders who are moving business toward a new era of customer service with mainframe, distributed, cloud and mobile technologies.”
SHARE Inc., an independent organization for technology professionals, participated in the selection of the recipients and will announce the awards at its conference (February 3-8) in San Francisco.
“CA Technologies provides a remarkable opportunity through this program,” said Brian Peterson, SHARE president. “We’re delighted to support the growth and development of the next generation of mainframe talent.”
CA Technologies has promised more than $1 million in awards to the Mainframe Academy through 2016. The program was announced in early 2011 as part of a broader workforce education effort at CA Technologies.
Technologists with fewer than five years of professional IT experience who are enrolled in high school, undergraduate or graduate programs, or who are recent graduates, are eligible for the scholarship. Applications for future scholarships are being accepted at the program website.