While many people assume the IBM Academic Initiative is limited to college students, there are also high school teachers that are taking advantage of the access to IBM courseware and software for use in the classroom. Highland Park High School in Dallas had a semester-long introduction to relational databases and DB2 concepts and facilities last Spring, and after many of the students were certified as DB2 Academic Associates, other Dallas Metroplex high schools began looking at the program, as well.
The IBM Innovation Center - Dallas is now working with other local high schools to bring the DB2 curriculum into their schools. The DB2 Academic Associate Certification program provides software (pre-installed on a VMware virtual machine), teacher presentations, video lectures and access to online materials to introduce the students to DB2 concepts and facilities and also prepare them to take the IBM certification exam. As students in the certification program, the certification exam is free.
The IBM Innovation Center - Dallas team looks forward to helping area high school students begin their journey towards certification this year!