Tuesday, March 14, 2006

IBM Takes Collaboration on iSeries Education to Deepest Level Yet

Rochester rolled out its first AS/400 college curriculum in 1998 with high hopes of creating a new generation of techies who would cut their teeth on the platform in college and go on to become AS/400 converts. Since then, the iSeries Scholars Program (previously Partners in Education) has had its share of ups and downs.
In 2000, for instance, IBM reported an enrollment of 425 schools teaching AS/400 topics to students. However, attrition from the program over the years has taken a big bite out of that community, as many schools have had to drop out due to poor interest among students or lack of resources. IBM puts the current total of PIE schools at just over 250, mostly community colleges and technical schools. More than a few of those schools run older technology

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