Summer 2009 |
Metropolitan Community College (MCC) was recently awarded the IBM
Innovation Award for Education Excellence. The award highlights the new Data
Center Management Program that is part of the Fremont Area Center expansion
project. The program was developed from the request in June 2008 of a local
company that was looking for trained personnel in the data center field. After
receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, MCC was able to begin
developing a program to train students to meet the demand for IT workers in
Nebraska and across the United States. The new Data Center Management Program
began in January 2009.
The Fremont Area Center´s data center will consist of a control room
and a server room with the security, software and generators that would be in
any business data center. Ted Tucker, MCC Computer Programming Technology
instructor, commented on the hands-on environment of the new data center.
"We want it to be realistic so we can have a failover exercise for
students. Adding to the realism, the students will be managing the actual
servers used by the ITSS Department at MCC."
Tom Pensabene, MCC dean of Information Technology and E-Learning, said,
"The Fremont Area Center data center represents the next logical step in
aligning our program to meet the needs of the growing IT industry. IBM has long
been a valuable partner with MCC, and we are especially honored with this
As a 2009 winner, MCC receives recognition and awards from COMMON, an
organization that acts as the networking community, industry advocate and
leading education provider for Power Systems users in North America. MCC is
granted COMMON membership through 2010, up to five complimentary registrations
to COMMON´s 2009 or 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition, one
complimentary registration to COMMON´s 2009 or 2010 IT Executive
conference and feature articles in COMMON.CONNECT and IBM Power
Systems Magazine. The award will be displayed at MCC´s Fremont Area
Center data center once the project is complete.