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Just a quickie for now:
Tracy Baker, RHCSA (taking this RHCE this summer)
Estrella Mountain Community College
Avondale, AZ (just outside of Phoenix)
We teach the RH124, RH134 and RH254. We also offer a separate 8-week Bash scripting course and a 16-week Capstone course.
I am the "main guy" for our Academy . . . well, I'm the only guy, really. Everything surrounding our Red Hat Academy is my responsibility.
I am a little concerned about the direction the RHCE is taking (the new RH294 class and EX294 exam), as it seems to be positioned to replace the RH254 that were currently teaching. See:
My fun fact: I collect vinyl records. I having a digitizing turntable where I record them and remaster them to remove pops, clicks, and other noise so I can have them on my home's music server, my phone, and my car. I love discovering long-lost music this way - there's an amazing amount of really great music out there that people just don't know about.
Hey Tracey!! Always nice hearing from you and you've definitely led an awesome program at Estrealla Mountain Community College over the years!
In terms of your questions around the new RHCE direction, we are going to host a webinar in May on the specific changes and any impact that it will make on the RHA program. We'll also open the floor to questions, so please bring some if you're able to make the live event! I'll be sending out the webinar date and information by this Wednesday, but let me know if you have any quesitons in the meantime!
I wanted to share some new for you. I know we had some of this as discussion at the North America Training Instructor/Partner Conference in terms of the direction that Red Hat decided to take with the RH294 being the RHCE track.
As you know, Automation with Ansible is a key path to the future, however, I wanted to point out a recently released course. The RH358 course is basically the new version geared around system administration for RHEL8 whereas the RH254 course was focused on the RHEL7 administration with RHCE tasks.
The new RH358 course covers almost all topics that were taught in the RH254 courses, but also offers a section for each chapter/topic around performing those tasks using Ansible Automation. So the core content and back-end system administration concepts are covered in this newer course. What's more ... this also extends the functionality and shows how to perform the tasks in an automated fashion. In most cases, we are able to use existing Ansible modules, however, there are some instances where we fall back to the shell or command modules to perform the task using Ansible.
The target audience of this course is someone with RHCSA and RHCE skill levels as we really wanted to have the person with an Ansible background for the course to drive it through completion on all topics. However, there would most likely be nothing from stopping you after the RH134 course from delivering something like the RH358 course as an updated version of the RH254 instead of the RH294 RHCE course.
Also, please be aware that the RH124/RH134/RH199 courses have been updated to RHEL8.2 which changes some of the content around slightly with respect to Cockpit. The big change is an additional chapter for the RH134 and RH199 courses around using containers and Podman. There is a delta course available RHCSA650e that covers that material.
Hope this helps,
I have been a full time instructor at Portland Community College since 2011. I teach two Linux administraton classes. The first class covers Linux installation and configuation, the second class covers Linux network administration.
We (really it is just me) are new to RHA, this is our first term teaching RH 124 and RH 134. We plan to teach RH 254 in the future.
Fun fact (well maybe not so fun), I started working with Unix in the mid 1980's as an undergrad student and have used Unix/Linux provessionaly ever since. Don't ask me any Windows questions, I am bearly a Windows User :-).
Hey Jim! We are so excited that you are continuing down the path of offering the RHCSA and RHCE curriculum at Portland Community College! Your years of experience working with Unix/Linux is so valuable to your students and we look forward to hearing of the success at your institution!
Interesting--how has working with HS students been with Red Hat materials? When I taught high school Linux was a tough thing to teach, so we did more CLI practice and less System Admin work.
Hey Bradley! Thank you for being open to discussing the integration of the course content, especially for those at the high school level. As your students graduate, the opportunities will be endless as they can put this experience on resumes and college applications! We're excited to hear of the continued success at West MEC!
My name is Tobin Shields and I am full-time cyber secuirty and IT instructor at Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon. About 3 years ago we recognized that Linux needed its own spereate training (outside of just a general OS course). When the class was first developed it was designed to hit the CompTIA Linux+ objectives. However, I have since taken on the lead for the class and I wanted to look at other options. This past Fall I met an instructor at the NICE conference and expo who was using RHA materials to teach Linux and swore by them. Thankfully there was a Red Hat reperesentive at the event who got me started!
We are currently teaching a "Linux Fundamentals" course that uses RE124 and RE134 as the primary learning materials. Because the HTML textbook is free for students, the only cost they have is to purchase the NDG access. However, with the help of some grant funding we are looking to host our own NDG servers on-campus to reduce the cost to $0 for the class.
So far I am really enjoying the content. While I could nit-pick specific lessons or examples, on the whole, I am very happy that such a robust and high-quality learning resource is avabile to us as instructors to embed into our courses. I plan to persue the RCSA exam this summer.
Fun fact: prior to being a cyber instructor I was a professional up-close magigican (But I promise I never wore a top hat or pulled a rabbit out of a hat...ha!)