In preparing for the impending shortage of technical professionals, many of whom plan to retire during the next several years, IBM and NEON Enterprise Software, Inc. are partnering with academic institutions and enterprise companies to develop curriculum that addresses the needs of the IT sector and provide hands-on training through internship programs.
A group of academic leaders and companies, including representatives from ExxonMobil Corporation, Bank of America and Texas Instruments, recently met in Houston to discuss what courses and training graduates need to support the IT needs of Fortune 1000 companies. As a result of the discussion, Houston Community College plans to offer an Enterprise Mainframe System Certificate program in the fall of 2006. Many of the participating companies have agreed to provide guest instructors, internship programs and job placement opportunities to support the initiative.
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