Open Cloud Academy Update: New Network Operations Class, 17 Graduates, Internships

Filed in Cloud Industry Insights by Duane LaBom | August 5, 2013 9:00 am

It’s been almost five months since we launched the Open Cloud Academy[1], an educational organization designed to arm students with affordable IT training and industry standard certifications, specifically around open cloud technologies.

In this short time, we’ve seen the inaugural cohort of students graduate; we’ve created a new internship program; and we’ve launched our new Network Operations program.

The Open Cloud Academy allows us to provide an innovative, hands-on learning experience that prepares students for entry level IT roles after several weeks of intense training. This is helping us bridge the IT skills gap here in South Texas. We’re incredibly proud of the impact the Academy is having on the San Antonio and the cloud communities since the doors opened in March. And we’re just getting started.

Here’s some of the awesome stuff we’ve been up to lately:

New Network Operations Track

Network Operations is a hot topic in the tech industry. As the need for network ops grows, so too does the demand for Network Administrators, Network Operators and Network Engineers. To help fill the skills gap that exists today in the IT industry, we’ve launched a Network Operations training program at the Open Cloud Academy.

To learn more about the Network Operations learning track[2], check out the Open Cloud Academy website (opencloudacademy.com[3]). If you are interested in enrolling or you have specific questions about our programs, please attend one of our monthly information sessions. The sessions are held on the first Tuesday of each month. To register, please join our community by giving us your email address on our website or like our Facebook page[4]. These are the channels we use to share information with future students.

Congratulations Graduates

The Open Cloud Academy’s inaugural cohort of students graduated in June. Our students not only learned the basics of Linux and systems administration, most of them walked away with with their A+, Network+ and Linux+ certifications. A few students also received their RHCSA certifications – pretty impressive after eight weeks of training. Congrats to all our graduates.

Eleven of the 17 graduating students have been hired at Rackspace as Linux systems administrators, one has been hired by Alliance & Bernstein, one has been hired by the Alamo Colleges and the remaining four are being considered for other positions at Rackspace. Pretty good results!

Internships For High School Students

In June, we selected 18 tech-savvy high school students for a paid internship program at the Open Cloud Academy. The interns are learning basic Linux and software development skills, specifically we are teaching them how to code using Python. The interns have been placed on four-person teams and are working on end of session projects. On August 9, they will present their projects to a panel of Rackspace subject matter experts.

If you are interested in learning more about the Open Cloud Academy internship program contact the Information Technology & Security Academy[5] (ITSA) or the local National Society of Black Engineers[6] (NSBE) chapter.

Endnotes:
  1. we launched the Open Cloud Academy: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/open-cloud-academy-bridging-the-cloud-computing-skills-gap/
  2. learn more about the Network Operations learning track: http://opencloudacademy.rackspace.com/network-security/
  3. opencloudacademy.com: http://www.opencloudacademy.com
  4. our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Open-Cloud-Academy/370845939689458
  5. Information Technology & Security Academy: http://www.alamo.edu/academies/itsa/
  6. National Society of Black Engineers: http://www.nsbe.org/

Source URL: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/open-cloud-academy-update-new-network-operations-class-17-graduates-internships/