CA Awards Mainframe Academy Scholarships
CA Technologies announced that it has awarded the first five of its Mainframe Academy scholarships to help educate the next generation of mainframe technology leaders.
The CA Mainframe Academy is an accelerated educational curriculum that helps promising young technologists expand their skills and fill potential talent gaps in future mainframe management, the company said.CA announced the scholarship program in March 2011 as part of its workforce education effort, committing more than $1 million in grants for recipients to attend the Mainframe Academy through 2016. Recipients are selected by SHARE representatives, who award scholarships to applicants who demonstrate a desire to master mainframe programming skills. SHARE is a user group for IT professionals interested in mainframe and enterprise technology. SHARE is an independent, volunteer-run association providing IBM customers with user-focused education, professional networking and a forum to influence the information technology industry. 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 for mainframe products at CA, in a statement. 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 United States, 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 said.