CTEC Students Recognized For Main Frame Skills in the Nation by IBM
By Leslie McCourt Nussman CTE specialist, CTEC
In the fall semester of 2012, IBM hosted its eighth annual Master the Mainframe Contest for college and university students across the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec). High school students were also encouraged to compete!
Today's mainframes are growing in popularity and require a new generation of mainframe experts. This contest is designed to equip students with basic skills to make them more competitive for jobs in the enterprise computing industry. Canyons Technical Education Center students from Cody Henrichsen’s IT Programming class –participated in the Master the Mainframe Contest. Not only did the students gain an edge in this advancing market, but they placed in the contest!
Details about the competition are as follows
Part I : Breaking the Ice
IBM provided extensive screen shots and direction, guiding students along and telling them exactly what they need to do. This part of the contest gets students comfortable with navigating the mainframe user interface, as well as introducing them to some basic mainframe concepts.
The first 2,500 students to complete this section 100% correctly received custom Master the Mainframe T-shirts. The hometowns of the 50 schools with the most eligible registrants as of 01 Oct were listed as "tour dates" on the back of the shirt.
Part II: Practical Experience
This section required considerably more work from contestants. Using the skills they learned in Part 1, contestants performed more extensive systems programming (advanced commands, system setup and advanced system navigation) and application developing (C, JAVA, COBOL, assembler and REXX) tasks.
The first 60 students to successfully complete this section 100% correctly received a Part 2 Prize Pack from IBM, which included the following custom gear:
•A hoodie sweatshirt that serves as a wearable trophy
•An 8GB USB memory stick to carry around all the data sets you FTPd off the mainframe
•An aluminum sports bottle to keep you hydrated while you mainframe
•A messenger bag to hold all your devices that connect to the mainframe
•A stress-relief ball to help you through those hard times when you don't have mainframe access
•An IBM hardbound notebook and pen, to jot down your mainframe-related musings
•A static-cling decal to show the driver behind you how hard you mainframe
CTEC’s class placed fourteenth which means our city, Sandy, and CTEC’s name were recognized on the t-shirt.
Two students from the class completed part II, and Sam Fuller received the Part II prize pack from IBM.