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Community Manager

Introduce yourself to Red Hat Academy!

Welcome to the Red Hat Academy group! As we build a discussion area dedicated to collaborative, open source learning with Red Hat Academy, let's get to know more about each other. Reply to this post with details about yourself, your background,  the skills you want to develop (or have developed ), career stories, favorite Red Hat courses, fun facts and anything else you may want to share with your fellow Red Hat Academy community members!

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Hello Everyone, I am Parul Sharma.
I am a final year MCA student from India. I have worked on technologies like JAVA, Web development etc.
I am very new to this RHA Program and looking forward to learn new things.
Fun fact : I am more interested in talking to people than to code alone.

Mission Specialist
Mission Specialist

Hi Everyone,

my name is PIetro. As my name may suggest I am Italian, but I recently moved to Berlin. Even though I have a background in Architecture and Public and Environmental policy, I always spent some time learning programming on my own, until recently when I started at 42 Wolfsburg to properly study Software Development, where I am also a Student Ambassador. At the moment I am focusing on the System Administration curriculum (nothing better than being the actual owner of your own device), but since I am still studying I am very interested in attending all of the courses provided by Red Hat Academy. I am looking forward to both learn practical skills as well as connecting with other people, both professionals and students.

Nice to meet you all

Student Ambassador

Hello team, 

i did my Reh hat System Admin I and II with Stanly commnity college Online courses.

and I was looking for a community college who is offering Red hat System Admin III.

would appreciate your input on this matter.



Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Greetings all. I am Beau Sanders from Greenville Technical College in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina. Our college is a long time member of the Red Hat Academy since 2005. We use RH124 and RH134 in two of our Systems Administration required courses. We have approximately 20-30 students in RHA classes every semester.

My bio information is posted at 

I look forward to meeting all of you.

-Beau Sanders

Beau Sanders
Greenville Technical College

Hello All,

My name is Jeff McKinney and I teach RH124/RH134 at the University of Maryland.  My main job is in IT for the College of Engineering at the University of Maryland and I spend a significant amount of time each week working with Red Hat and Ubuntu.  I originally developed a Linux course years ago based on Ubuntu but swiched over to Red Hat and I love being able to leverage the wider range of resources available.

Fun fact:  I learned Linux on A/UX (Apple's version of Unix) on a Mac II in college.  It ran as a separate OS from the base Mac OS.


Mission Specialist
Mission Specialist

Hi Everyone, My Name is Ritik Gupta. I am from India, currently I am in final year of my B.Tech course. I am Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) and I will be giving my RHCE exam on 20th Dec 2021 and i hope i will clear it. 

Some of my skills are - Ansible, Docker, Kubernetes, Openshift, Prometheus, Git.

Thank You!

Ritik Gupta
Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

Hi Everyone,


I'm Mike Smith. I'm the RHA admin here at Forsyth Tech Community College in Winston-Salem, NC. Been playing with Linux since about 2010 and it is currently my primary OS (PoPOS! is quite nice with a shoutout to system76 for putting my system togther for me!!). I don't think "that other OS" has been on my machines except as VM's for student support purposes since that date.

We at FT are fairly new to the academy but I've enjoyed teaching RH 124 and 134 so far and just convinced out program to add DO180 to the mix to help prep our students for this cloud computing world we all seem to be living in (although given what happened to Amazon Web Services yesterday, I wonder how many are second guessing those decisions :) ).


I'm really having fun playing with this container technology right now and working on converting my home email, CA, FTP, TFTP servers to containers just for fun.

You are more than the sum of what you consume.
Desire is not an occupation.
Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

My name is Tony Chen and a professor at College of DuPage (COD) at about 30 miles west of Chicago.  

I have transitioned from teaching Microsoft and Cisco into teaching RedHat system admin 1 and system admin 2 for the past year.  

I am looking for any opportunity to expand my knowledge and how to make myself a better teacher in this area.

I am welcome for any feedback.


Tony Chen


College of DuPage
Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer

My goals for 2022:

  1. Take and pass preliminary exam
  2. Take and pass RHCSA exam
College of DuPage
Starfighter Starfighter

Hello Red Hat Academy constituents,

I've been fortunate to be affiliated with the Red Hat Academy for _____
number of years.  Honestly I don't know how many years.  I've just
been too busy enjoying myself, and you all know how time flies when
you're having fun.  Believe me, I've been having FUN!!!

Fun fact?  Nothing for me.  I'm a dull kinda guy.  I'm one dimensional,
and that one dimension is not what most folks would consider fun at
all.  It's all good though.  It doesn't offend, and I'm happy :-)

I've delivered the Admin I, II, III courses.  I've not yet delivered the new
Admin III (Ansible) course yet.  However, I'm definitely looking forward to 
doing so.  Looks like I won't get the opportunity to deliver it until maybe
the Fall 2022 semester because it's not on my Spring 2022 course
schedule.  Is anyone feeling sad for me?  

Okay, that's all I've got.  I'm usually quiet, shy, and reserved with my
oral or written communications. If my writing appears incoherent, it's
because I was attempting to compose this writeup while watching
an episode of Andy Griffith.  I know I'm challenged with trying to do 
multiple things at once, yet I still try.  Will I ever (or it is never) learn!

Many thanks to RHA organizers for this Challenge.

Carpe Diem



Trevor "Red Hat Evangelist" Chandler
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