This unique, virtual contest is open globally to high school and college students that are interested in gaining skills in a real-world, enterprise computing environment. Through the program, you can win amazing prizes, while developing critical skills that are in hot demand by the world’s largest and most respected companies.
The Master the Mainframe Learning System is available year-round to anyone wanting to learn and earn IBM Digital Badges. From September through December, Master the Mainframe is a three-part learning journey.
How Does it work?
Part 1: Learn the Basics
Meet the platform used by top companies around the world to run their most business critical applications. Learn how to access a user interface, the basic concepts of mainframe programming, and the fundamentals of what differentiates the mainframe from other platforms. IBM will provide step by step instructions to complete the challenges and set you up for success in Part 2.
Part 2: Practice
Continue your mainframe skills journey learning how to program with languages such as JAVA, C, COBOL and REXX. Learn JCL and assembly language to navigate the mainframe environment using advanced commands, system security tools and system navigation tools. Earn the Part 2 IBM Digital Badge to showcase your new skills to employers around the world.
Part 3: Real World Challenge
Dive even deeper into the mainframe using real life scenarios encountered by experienced systems programmers. Data Analytics, creative problem solving and knowledge gained in Part 1 and Part 2 challenges will help build out the final challenges. Part 3 will put contestants to the test and identify those with the most drive and determination to Master the Mainframe.
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