IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 40

STOP RUN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY VOLKMAR KUNTZ, PITTSBURGH TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Pittsburgh Technical College instructor Phil Grabowski
leads students in the 2016 IBM Master the Mainframe
contest. Grabowski has been instrumental in bringing
mainframe education to the school.

Enthusiastic Education
Instructor brings the mainframe to eager students
Valerie Dennis
is senior editor
of IBM Systems
Magazine.

hil Grabowski is passionate
about bringing the power of
the mainframe to students.
His enthusiasm is apparent, as
witnessed at the recent SHARE
user group event, where he was
full of smiles and positive words
for and about the students and
technology. The instructor from
Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC)
chartered a bus from Pennsylvania
to Providence, Rhode Island, so
29 students could experience the
platform firsthand.
Before attending the event,
Grabowski says the students had
no knowledge of mainframes and
believed the servers were a niche
market talked about in history
books. Going to SHARE "opened up

P

the eyes to students the vast opportunities of what is available to them
in the job market," he says.
Mainframe education at PTC
began in March 2016. The college
was already an academic partner
with IBM, giving it resources to
bring software and technologies
into the classroom. Grabowski
worked with Paul Newton, consulting IT specialist, IBM, and
educator Packy Laverty, professor
of computer and information
systems, Robert Morris University,
to bring mainframe training into
the PTC curriculum.
"When I spoke with Paul Newton, he was so eager and excited
to give us the opportunity for
our school to pursue main-

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frame technologies," Grabowski
recalls. Newton gave PTC its
own z/OS* splash screen with
20 logins and an administrative
login, allowing students to use
a mainframe as part of their
education and training.
PTC's School of Information
Technology, where the mainframe is taught, has about 350
students. It's a career-driven
school featuring industrial and
hands-on experience, so it's
important for students to have
access to the technology.
"Explaining to students that
mainframes do over a billion transactions a day and run Western
civilization's digital economy-
especially how you can explain
that the infrastructure is used
by everyone almost every day-
becomes a great story," Grabowski
says. "Learning about the vendors
that are using mainframe technologies becomes a perfect launch
point to inspire students about the
different job opportunities available to them."
The college continues to move
education forward, just like the
mainframe itself. In 2016 the
program was approved to provide
a Bachelor of Science in IT and
business administration. And
since the summer SHARE event,
students have started a mainframe club and participated in
the IBM Unchain the Frame and
Master the Mainframe events.
As for the future, Grabowski
would love to have a course
devoted to z/OS and COBOL,
which he plans to integrate into
the baccalaureate program. "The
students are so enthusiastic,"
Grabowski notes. "They want to
explore more opportunities for a
mainframe career."


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Encryption Importance
Partner POV: Protect Your Assets: An application view of data is important for a point-in-time recovery
Currents: A Human-Centric Approach: IBM Design Thinking leads to an elevated user experience
Feature: Battle-Tested Tools: USAA integrates applications and data across platforms using RESTful APIs
Cover Story: Enterprise Peace of Mind: IBM z14 pervasive encryption protects all data
Feature: Worldwide Preparation: How IBM Z addresses GDPR compliance with pervasive encryption
Special Report: Rising to the Challenge: Survey shows opportunities for Linux on POWER
TECH Showcase: A Plan in Place: Determine which of the 7 levels of business continuity is right for you
Administrator: Improved Protection: Pervasive encryption features include integrated cryto hardware, key management, encryption of data at rest and data in flight, and Secure Service Container support
StopRun: Enthusiastic Education: Instructor brings the mainframe to eager students
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
2018 Mainframe Solution Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Editor's Desk: Encryption Importance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Partner POV: Protect Your Assets: An application view of data is important for a point-in-time recovery
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Currents: A Human-Centric Approach: IBM Design Thinking leads to an elevated user experience
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Feature: Battle-Tested Tools: USAA integrates applications and data across platforms using RESTful APIs
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Cover Story: Enterprise Peace of Mind: IBM z14 pervasive encryption protects all data
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Feature: Worldwide Preparation: How IBM Z addresses GDPR compliance with pervasive encryption
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Special Report: Rising to the Challenge: Survey shows opportunities for Linux on POWER
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - TECH Showcase: A Plan in Place: Determine which of the 7 levels of business continuity is right for you
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Administrator: Improved Protection: Pervasive encryption features include integrated cryto hardware, key management, encryption of data at rest and data in flight, and Secure Service Container support
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - StopRun: Enthusiastic Education: Instructor brings the mainframe to eager students
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
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