CA Technologies announced the scholarship program* last March as part of its workforce education effort, promising over $1 million in grants to attend the Mainframe Academy through 2016. Recipients are selected by SHARE representatives, who award scholarships to applicants that demonstrate a desire to master mainframe programming skills.
“With the mainframe continuing to play a vital role in their IT strategies, many of our global customers are looking at ways to proactively address the skills gap as senior staff approaches retirement age,” said Dayton Semerjian, general manager, Mainframe, CA Technologies. “We created the Mainframe Academy to help address this requirement and help some of the best young talent get a jump-start to a career in IT.”
The recipients include an IBM intern based in the U.S., a systems analyst for BRQ IT in Brazil, a University of Kentucky graduate interning at General Electric, and two system programmers from Garanti Technology in Turkey -- all of whom are looking to expand their mainframe knowledge.
“CA Technologies is providing a great opportunity with its Mainframe Academy scholarship program,” said Janet Sun, President, SHARE Inc. “We are pleased to participate in the selection process and to support the growth and development of the next-generation of mainframe talent. This aligns with our zNextGen program and is supported by the research we have done regarding the Mainframe Skills Gap.”
The Mainframe Academy with CA Technologies is an 8-week, vendor-agnostic, immersion program that blends instructor-led classroom activity with virtual and self-paced learning designed to provide core skills to manage the mainframe environment. Young IT professionals enrolled in high school, undergraduate and graduate university programs, or recent graduates are eligible for the scholarship.
CA Technologies will issue three additional scholarships at the SHARE Conference in August. Applications are being accepted through May 31, 2012 at the program website.
*Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $35,000.00 USD per winner and are payable solely as a credit for publically scheduled Mainframe Academy with CA Technologies education courses; scholarships will not be paid in cash or subject to refund, in whole or part. Scholarship credits must be used within 12-months from the award date. Application submission requirements and rules apply. Applicants are obligated to ensure that they are eligible to apply for or accept the potential scholarship award consistent with the applicable rules of their employer, including without limitation, a code of conduct or similar conduct policies. This Scholarship offer may not be available to any employee or official of any governmental or quasi-governmental entity. Mainframe Academywith CA Technologies education courses and training is subject to standard CA Technologies terms and conditions.
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