(Sacramento, CA, USA: September 4, 2013) - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced the launch of LPI Academy, a Linux education program for accredited degree / diploma-granting academic institutions, high schools, middle schools, and government training programs. The LPI Academy will assist educators to prepare students and employees for careers in Linux and Open Source technology (http://www.lpi.org/partnerships/academy).
"A recent industry survey of IT employers indicated that they were planning to hire a Linux professional in the near future. LPI Academy is designed to help learning institutions prepare students for the expanding career opportunities in Open Source technology. We are pleased to offer this important educational resource to academia that will assist in the development of the IT workforce of tomorrow," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.
The LPI Academy program empowers educators to prepare students for an entry level Linux Essentials course (a globally recognized "Certificate of Achievement") and to further students' or employees' career path as a Systems Administrator via LPI's professional certification track. At present, the LPI Academy is available only in North America and without any enrollment fee for participating organizations. For more information on LPI's Linux Essentials and professional LPIC certifications see: http://www.lpi.org/linux-certifications
LPI Academy curriculum resources consist of the following elements:
* LPI Exam Objectives and Examinations
* LPI Partner Course Materials
* Classroom Instruction
* Classroom Labs
* Instructor training
These benefits of the LPI Academy program enable instructors to include LPI educational resources into existing organizational curricula without the burden of creating new learning materials that align with their own programs. Furthermore, LPI Academy has no upfront participation fees for qualifying organizations as is common with other "affiliation-based" IT training programs.
LPI Academy also leads students through successive levels of learning achievement towards a concrete and lucrative career path: commencing with the introductory Linux Essentials "Certificate of Achievement" and moving to the CompTIA Linux+ powered by LPI certification -- a 3-in-1 professional certification designation (Linux+ powered by LPI, LPIC-1 and SUSE CLA). For more information on the 3-in-1 certification see: http://www.lpi.org/linux-certifications/partnership-programs...
Finally, the LPI Academy assists students to connect with LPI's global community and Jobs Initiative so that they may obtain valuable work experience before graduation from their formal education program. This combination of education + certification + experience provides students with a competitive edge when seeking that all important first job and a subsequent lifelong learning path for career advancement.
To join the LPI Academy or to request program requirements and further information please visit: http://www.lpi.org/partnerships/academy/join-lpi-academy
The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 5,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 350,000+ exams and 125,000+ LPIC certifications around the world.
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About the Linux Professional Institute:
The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.