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Melissa Chua | June 9, 2009
Thirty-one working professionals graduate from joint Singapore Polytechnic, Red Hat training initiative

Not quite a mortar board: (from left) : Gery Messer, President, Red Hat Asia Pacific/Japan; Michael Goh, graduating student

SINGAPORE, 09 JUNE 2009 Thirty-one working professionals today graduated from a Linux training course jointly organised by tertiary institution Singapore Polytechnic and open source specialist Red Hat.

The entry-level course, which is accredited by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), trains infocomm workers in building, configuring and testing of IT infrastructure running the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system.

Course graduates are expected to gain competitive advantage in the IT sector.

The course has been very popular since its launch in November 2008, said Tan Hang Cheong, principal, Singapore Polytechinic. In addition to the two runs already completed, we are planning another four more runs for this year. At present, classes are conducted in the evenings only. We are planning to conduct the course during the daytime through building a pool of qualified trainers both internally and externally.

The course is also being offered a six-month conversion programme for system administrators. This conversion process is expected to enable fresh graduates, infocomm professionals and mid-career switchers to be certified as open source system administrators. Participants can enjoy a 90 per cent course fee subsidy and a monthly stipend of up to S$1,600 (US$1094) under the WDA's funding programme.

Value of open source

Across the world, institutes like Singapore Polytechnic are recognising the need for the value of open source Linux training for their students, as well as for workforce development and continuous education of the working adult population, said Gery Messer, president, Red Hat Asia Pacific/Japan.

Graduates of the entry-level course can also choose to take up the more advanced Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) examination, an internationally recognised standard of competency in the Linux operating system.

Open source technology offers a high degree of flexibility for companies. We can use the technology to make changes in the modules and compile our own modules, as well as to test and run our own software, said Michael Goh, a graduating student. With the skills I have acquired from this course on open source technology, I firmly believe my market value as an IT professional has been enhanced.


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