Hey Tobin! Thank you for sharing of your journey to become a part of the Red Hat Academy program. It is so awesome to hear that you were introduced to the RHA program from one of our existing partnered schools, who teach our content and are so passionate about the curriculum that it peaked your interest.
We are excited to hear how your first semester goes offering the Red Hat System Administration courses!!
My name is Trevor L. Chandler - the 'L' is for (whatever you want it to be). I'm a full-time faculty member with Houston Community College. This semester I'm providing instruction in the RH134 (Linux Sys Admin II) and RH254 courses (Linux Sys Admin III) courses. I've taught the RH124 (Linux Sys Admin I) course in 2 previous semesters. I will eventually attach a photo to my profile. The current one I have is one without my having on any makeup, and I'm not very pleased with my look - I'm a little vain, conceited, narcissitic, self-loving, self-absorbed, egotistic, and egocentric. A fun fact about me: I think I'm a comedian! More later.
My name is Chris Herring and I am the Department Chair of the security department at Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina. We were a Red Hat Academy many moons ago and left for a while when the currilumn change took place a few years back. This year we are back and have really enjoyed the content and labs for the RH 124 and RH 134 curriculumn. We also offer a shell scripting class for students who cannot get enough Linux in two sections!
We have a group of students who are showing interest in taking the RHCSA this summer and are very excited to see how they do. Lauren has been great to work with and extremly helpful with any questions that we have cooked up. Due to the limited amount of schools that teach Linux in our state we have taken a certain amount of pride in being one of the "Linux schools".
Fun fact I race mountain bikes and teach Linux to fund my habit!
I teach at Mesa Community College (MCC) which is in Mesa Arizona just east of Phoenix. EMCC where Tracy teaches is west of Phoenix and also part of the Maricopa Community Colleges. MCC is one of the largest community colleges in the country and our Network Academy is top-rated. Like Tracy I teach RH124, RH134 and RH254 but also a new blockchain certificate program which includes Ethereum and Hyperledger.
Lauren: Get Red Hat to produce a brochure which stresses the value of Red Hat certifications and encourages students to consider a career in IT. MCC has full-time advisors in the Mesa high schools and this information could help create the next generation of Red Hat administrators.
My name is Constance Boahn. I am the Department Chair for Engineering and Information Technology programs at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, North Carolina. We currently offer RH124 and RH134. We have a lab environment set up on site and one instructor that teaches both classes.
Fun fact: I'm an acrobat and aerialist in my spare time.
Hi, my name is David Oliver. I am the lead instructor for Information Technology at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, NC. We offer all three of the Red Hat System Administration courses (124, 134, and 254). Although I have been teaching and working with Linux for almost 20 years (Suse, Red Hat, and Ubuntu), I am still in the learning side. I've had to do a lot of system administration and even ran an Advanced Red Hat Server for several years. I now have a new partner in crime, Abe Flores to bring into the fold. He's helping me teach RHSA I this semester to the college-aged students and I have the high schoolers!
Our students have truly enjoyed not only experiencing Linux and the Red Hat Academy, but also taking an almost annual trip to the Red Hat headquarters in Raleigh! (Thanks Lauren & Trisha for setting everything up for great tours!!!)
For the fun side, I love Sherlock Holmes, SciFi, Steampunk, and music. My students catch on really quick of how much you can spice up your labs with just adding some small twists. Our students get to have a bit of fun on their own lab workings as they 'play on their own'. (If they believe it's play, then it's not work ;-) I served in the US Army Reserves for 24 years while teaching full time. My military specialties have nothing to do with my degree or civilian training. I got activated for OEF for my civilian expertise in computers and then got put into setting up the national C&C for convoys in Afghanistan!
My name is Brian Faris and I am the Program Manager and full time faculty member for the Network System Degree at Broward College in South Florida. We just become a Red Hat Academy this year and are just starting to offer RH124, RH134 and RH254. We are running RH124 and RH134 now and will offer RH254 in the summer. RH124 and RH134 are running as an on campus 16 week course and RH254 will run as an on campus eight week course.
We set up the in classroom lab environment so each student will have 3 Red Hat Server virtual machines. In this environment, we also turned on nested virtualization so student can practice setting up KVM. Also, each workstation is on their own segregated network using NAT on the hostmachine so student can practice configuring network settings/services without effecting other students. For students to practice outside the classroom, we setup a cluster that is accessible via a website that uses Apache/KVM/Guacamole technologies similar to NDG. The cluster can host 200 students at any one time with each student having 5 virtual machine. We developed it in house and was able to buy everything through a federal grant.
Hi all. My name is Petersen Gross and I am an Assistant Professor at Leeward Community College in Hawaii. Several years ago I redeveloped our Operating Systems course to focus on Linux. We currently are not offering any of the RHA courses as I would need to sit down and redevelop the course again. It currently is more geared towards the Linux+ certification. I have not been teaching the course either due to our security programing becoming more popular, so I had to shift to teaching those courses. Eventually it'd be nice to update the course and incorporate some RHA skills within it. I've been using Linux for over 20 years and the first distro I used was Slackware with 2.2.17 as the kernel version. It is crazy to see how Linux has changed over the years!
My name is Mark Smith and I teach at Oak Hills High School in Hesperia, CA--a smallish "suburb" of San Bernardino/Los Angeles located in the High Desert of Southern California. I was tasked with starting an IT pathway for our district and left teaching English, history, and video productions after 13 years to do this. It might seem an odd fit, but my Master's is in Instructional Technology and I've been messing around with computers since my Commodore 64 in the mid 80's. I have also owned a side business doing IT work and website design/hosting (Linux of course) since 1998.
I started my IT program here five years ago. I was tasked with starting a Cisco Academy, which we--by we I mean I as it's just me lol--have fully implemented at this point with IT Essentials (A+ cert training), CCNA 1 and CCNA 2 (for CCENT training). This year, we expanded more so there is a Freshmen Introduction to Computer Science course focused mainly on Python and CompTIA ITF+ certification. After having met Trisha at a conference, I was inspired to fine tune my pathway to include Red Hat. So my pathway that I'm slowly rolling out is Freshmen year-Intro to Comp Sci, Sophomore year-IT Essentials, Junior year-CCNA 1, and then Senior year will be a capstone where students will either complete CCNA 2 or RH 124 and RH 134. I am so excited to be offering this new infusion. So, theoretically, a high schooler could leave high school with Python knowledge and an ITF+ cert, an A+ cert, and a CCENT or RHCSA cert! To me, this pathway seems like a great start for students to start their IT future. This year I've got about four CCNA 1 students doing RH124 as a beta test. So far, they are eating it up and doing quite well. We also have an after school club that focuses on cybersecurity and the kids do various cybersecurity/hacking competitions with that knowledge.
Fun Fact: Okay, two fun facts. I first started using Linux in the late 90s with Mandrake. I continued with various distros over the years and all of my kids, now adults, grew up running Linux (they were so confused when their peers didn't know what it was lol). I also ran a fairly popular BBS, for the San Gabriel/Inland Empire valleys in Southern California, in the mid eighties. It was a nighttime only BBS--aptly named Star Frontiers after the RPG-because I used to have to take my phone down at night. I was living with my mother and a stepfather who had a private line in my room. They were afraid I would use the phone at night, so I had to physically hand them my phone every night. So I did. Then I plugged in my modem and ran my BBS all night on my C64. I did have one awkward experience when a fellow sysop came over to my house to buy my Atari 2600 off of me. She was a thirty year old woman. I was 12. So she came to my door and asked my mother if I was home--she pointed up upstairs and she came to my room and we conducted our business. My mother never even asked me about that event lol.
I also ran a fairly popular BBS, for the San Gabriel/Inland Empire valleys in Southern California, in the mid eighties. It was a nighttime only BBS--aptly named Star Frontiers . . . ran my BBS all night on my C64.
Interestingly, I also ran BBS systems for over a decade in Houston, TX, then San Diego, CA, then in the Aleutian Islands (Adak), and finally in the SF Bay Area. (Can you tell I'm former military - Navy?)
Orginally it was called Ye Olde Inn III (running BASIC on a C64) and later Starport Valhalla (WWIV on PCs). I switched to WWIV software because the C source code was available. I ended up creating almost 100 modifications (mods) and utilities for it; it is how I learned to most of my C programming.
Searching Google for "Starport Valhalla" just now certainly brought back a lot of memories - I found a number of my articles that appeared in the WWIV newletter (I was Papa Bear 1@5079)...