LPI Announces "School-to-Work" Program in Spain

(Sacramento, CA, USA and Madrid, Spain: June 21, 2012) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced an innovative "School-to-Work" Linux training and certification program in Spain sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and the European Social Fund. This program, led by Spanish secondary schools and LPI-Spain, will initially prepare 300 students in careers as Linux professionals and IT trainers.

"We at LPI know that Linux and Open Source Software is a growing and key component of the IT infrastructure of nations and enterprises around the world. As such, we welcome opportunities to work with educational and government authorities to develop their IT workforce. This program in Spain is an example of how multiple partners can cooperate to ensure young people have the necessary technological skills to advance their professional careers," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

The "School-to-Work" program included the development of an e-learning platform on Linux and other IT skills and will prepare students for both LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 certification. The program has plans to expand throughout Spain and is presently underway in 14 secondary school institutes. A list of participating educators and their respective schools is listed here: http://mil.lpi.org.es/?page_id=82

"As an IT teacher in Spain I recognize the importance of Linux education for the future career prospects of my students. LPI certification is an important element in demonstrating to employers expertise in Linux and Open Source skills. My fellow colleagues will continue to work with LPI in improving and creating high quality learning content on FOSS so as to bring that resource to the wider Spanish-spoken world," said Alejandro de la Torre, an IT instructor at IES Miguel Romero and project coordinator. Mr. de la Torre noted that 56 teachers and 371 students had participated in the project to date.

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 7,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 300,000 exams and 100,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

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