Training for the Future: An IT Degree in Energy Efficiency

By Dan Burger on September 14, 2009

When it comes to IT skills that apply to jobs and careers for the future instead of the past, the makeover of Metropolitan Community College stands out. This educational facility, with its new enterprise-class data center and a recently overhauled curriculum, was featured in earlier this year in an article in The Four Hundred. Last week the school announced a new two-year associate degree program in the design and management of energy efficient data centers.

MCC, which is based in Omaha, Nebraska but which has worldwide reach through its online course selection, has a long and strong business relationship with IBM. A relationship that is , particularly with the AS/400 (iSeries, System i, and IBM i) platform, which remains prominent. It's IT education makeover also benefits from a U.S. Department of Labor grant that adds $1.8 million over three years to bolster the school's efforts to increase enrollment by developing a more progressive and pro-active curriculum in information technology while building a modern enterprise computing laboratory.

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