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!)
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.