Arkansas State Becomes First Novell "Linux Center for Excellence"

29 July 2004

Arkansas State University has been named Novell's first “Linux Center for Excellence” training center, launching a program designed to increase the level of certified Linux professionals in the marketplace. Working with Novell Training Services, Arkansas State University (ASU) has developed a strong Linux training offering that will be available on both the ASU campus and at extension centers in the local community. ASU will offer both academic and commercial classes, with the first commercial class beginning Aug. 9. ASU will offer Novell Linux training and certification on campus as part of its normal course curriculum.

“We're pleased to be leading the way in training on Novell Linux offerings,” said Dean Jan Duggar of Arkansas State University. “Linux and open source are clearly the wave of the future in computing, and we want to ensure our students get the best training possible to ensure their marketability going forward. Novell's global presence and strong history of certifications makes them an ideal partner for developing our Linux offerings.”

As a Linux Center of Excellence, ASU will become a certified Novell testing center, allowing the university to administer practicum exams for the Novell Certified Linux Engineer and Certified Linux Professional programs. ASU is the first academic institution to offer a “one-stop shop” for degree courses, professional certification, and career placement assistance around Novell's Linux offerings.

“ASU was selected as the launch site for our new Linux Center for Excellence program because of their strong commitment to the business of open source and Novell's Linux distribution,” said Dan Veitkus, vice president of world wide training services for Novell. “We hope the model being embraced by ASU will lead to additional training and career opportunities for individuals interested in driving and supporting Novell Linux offerings into the market.”

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