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TCC SELECTED AS FIRST REGIONAL RED HAT ACADEMY
New certification is key to workforce development and business advancement
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (July 8, 2004)
– United States businesses stand on the edge of a key breakthrough
in computer-system management, say information technology experts
in Hampton Roads and beyond. That is - using “open source”
technology to manage in-house applications with customized solutions.
Open-source technology has caught on among area businesses - but
not enough trained personnel are available. Beginning this fall,
official Red Hat Linux training will be available for the first
time in Hampton Roads.
Tidewater Community College will serve as the official Red Hat
Academy in Southeastern Virginia to help lead the region’s
workforce development in IT infrastructure maintenance. The workforce
development initiative from the Virginia Community College System
will provide training and certification in open source and Linux
operating systems developed by Red Hat, a firm based in the Research
Triangle area of North Carolina.
Open-source software has created an evolution in the computing
world, according to IT and computer experts. Once dominated by software
developers like Microsoft, the industry is welcoming open-source
software that can be more easily customized for business applications.
All software is built with source code. Open source means the codes
can be seen, modified and customized by trained programmers instead
of software developers; most open-source software is published under
the General Public License as a free, public product.
“The importance of open-source certification is far-reaching
for today’s market and workforce development,” says
Rose Johnson, vice chancellor for workforce development services,
Virginia Community College System. “What businesses will pay
for in the long term is software as a service, such as customization
for a business need. This is a transition to software as a commodity,
just as personal computing hardware is now nearly a commodity.”
The Virginia Community College System agreement with Red Hat Inc.
(NASDAQ: RHAT) authorizes three Regional Academies for this specialized
training and certification. TCC and Northern Virginia Community
College are the first two Virginia colleges chosen to offer the
“The selection of TCC as a Red Hat Academy is immensely important
to our region,” says Theresa Bryant, TCC vice president for
workforce development. “With these certifications now available
in Hampton Roads, dozens of businesses can send their employees
for training, or rely on certified experts to manage their IT systems
as never before.”
TCC has provided Linux operating system courses for more than five
years. Under the new agreement, the college will offer coursework
and certification exams for the Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT)
designations. In addition to stringent exams, RHCT requires candidates
to complete real-world tasks without guidance.
TCC debuts the new certification program this fall with Red Hat-certified
instructors. “Red Hat Academy provides an exceptional opportunity
for students to develop marketable skills in a leading technology
as part of their IT education,” explains Roberta Cool, TCC’s
dean of information technology. “It will add to our established
classes and increase benefits for students from the business world
as well as traditional students.”
Note: RED HAT ACADEMY REGISTRATION STARTS JULY 15. For registration
information call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122.
Media Note: Professor Robert Guess, a certified Red Hat instructor
who has taught at TCC for eight years, serves as primary contact
for information on the program’s courses, 822-5022. The first
course to implement the Red Hat Academy at TCC will be ITN 171 Linux
System Administration, offered Monday nights this fall at TCC’s
Background: Red Hat is the world’s
premier open source and Linux provider. Red Hat, headquartered in
Raleigh, N.C., has offices worldwide. For more information, visit
Red Hat on the Web at www.redhat.com.
Tidewater Community College is the second
largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia,
enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37th largest in
the nationís 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the
50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as
a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves
the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk,
Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George
Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown
Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional
Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent
of the regionís residents attending a college or university in Virginia
last fall were enrolled at TCC.