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Nebraska College to Offer First Green Data Center Degree

Submitted by on 24 September, 2020 – 4:32 pm
The technology provider, IBM (www.ibm.com) has worked with Omaha, Nebraska, Metropolitan Community College (www.mccneb.edu) to develop a first of its kind green-grade data management center using IBM hardware, software and online training resources.

According to the IBM announcement, the two partners of years degree requires 36 credits of courses that help students get technical and business skills preparation for careers in design and management of energy-efficient data centers. MCC developed the curriculum with the help of the IBM Academic Initiative, a program that provides nearly 4,000 colleges and universities around the world with free access to online resources including tutorials and articles skills course.

“IBM Academic Initiative, it will also help ensure that MCC students are developing the technology skills that bring together computer science, engineering and sustainability,” Metropolitan Community College dean of information technology by Tom Pensabene, said in a statement. “We’re seeing a dramatic increase in demand here in Nebraska by specialists who know how to help businesses reduce costs associated with running an energy intensive data center. Now, our students are getting exposure to the forefront of technology IBM, increasing your chances of being hired to work in this growing area.

The new title comes at a time when U.S. universities are expected to take the lead in preparing the future workforce with innovative new capabilities to help boost the economy. For example, in July, President Obama launched the American graduation, at age 10, plan of $ 12 billion to fund new scholarships and courses online, and to modernize aging facilities and infrastructure at community colleges .

As part of MCC’s new degree, students learn about virtualization and server consolidation, energy efficiency, business flexibility and security and compliance skills through a new real-world data center company in the campus, which features IBM Power systems running AIX, IBM i and Linux environments. MCC data center is funded through a three year grant of $ 1.8 million Department of Labor in an effort to increase the number of students enrolled in IT programs.

During the past 12 years, MCC has often ranked at the 20 community colleges across the country for the number of IT graduates, and Omaha, in itself, is one of only a handful of U.S. cities which lies at the intersection of the two east-west and north – south of fiber optic networks, making it a center of communications and information services companies, which will require knowledgeable employees.

IBM ISV and developer relations general manager Jim Corgel said IBM is proud to help MCC to develop this first of its kind program that offers its expertise developed from working with clients around the world. “As companies seek to improve service, reduce costs and manage risk, students educated in the new MCC program will be well positioned for IT careers that help companies meet these challenges,” Corgel said in a statement.

The data center courses, however, not restricted to those on campus. IBM technologies used in this program allows MCC to expand the level of other universities through a virtual learning program. All courses in the green heart of data management issue are offered online, allowing remote students to learn the same skills that the virtual campus and giving them access to the physical data center itself.

Students may enroll in data center management associate’s degree from December.

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