Out and About

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2004-04-12 Print this article Print

Out and About

Speaking of education and offshore outsourcing—of a completely different kind—EDS big contract with the Navy and Marine Corps is churning out a number of sailors with high levels of IT certification.

While the large and unwieldy Navy Marine Corps Intranet deal has been problematic, NMCI training programs are a hidden positive story, say officers. In a five-year program that includes three years of onshore training and two years of fleet duty, 147 sailors from the Navy have been compiling a list of advanced certifications in Microsoft, Cisco and other technologies. Marine Corps personnel will soon join the program, officers said.

"Sailors on shore duty are furthering their education, and were turning that work force back to the operational Navy," said Rear Adm. John Cryer, adding that industry will eventually benefit from a more skilled work force.

Stan Gibson can be reached at stan_gibson@ziffdavis.com.

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Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on Zcast.tv. He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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