LPI Certification adopted by Public Schools in Spain

Sacramento, CA, USA - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced with its affiliate organization LPI-Spain that a program in public schools in Spain to promote Linux education and certification has achieved successful results in its first six months of operation. This public education initiative with Proyecto Universidad Empresa (PUE) has recruited close to 20 training partners. PUE is Spain's leading agency in the development of IT training and certification and provides academic programs for such major IT organizations as Microsoft, Cisco and Sun.

For more information on PUE's initiative with LPI please see: http://www.pue.es/lpi
"This impressive result early in this program initiative with PUE demonstrates the growing recognition of the need for professional Linux skills and knowledge within the IT sector in Spain. LPI continues to support the workforce development of Linux professionals in regions throughout the world. In this instance, we are pleased to work with academic organizations and government agencies which undertake the important work of developing IT curriculum to meet this need," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

Under this initiative PUE and LPI-Spain have recruited a number of LPI Approved Academic Partners (LPI-AAP) to deliver Linux training and certification. The program has been embraced by educators in both the Spanish and Catalan language.

"In our education department we promote the use of Free Software--particularly the use of Linux. We believe it is important that our students at CFGS Management Computer Systems and Networks learn to manage Linux and Free and Open Source Software. LPI certification provides our students with a path to develop their knowledge and an understanding of this type of software environment. As well LPI certification is a recognized educational standard that is being increasingly requested by employers," said Josefa Gonzalez Perales, INS La Ferreria, Montcada i Reixac, Barcelona, Spain.

"For the information technology students of the Institut de l'Ebre, the ability to demonstrate their knowledge of the Linux operating system through a recognized training and certification program, as with LPI, is an opportunity for a well-paid job--in particular where, at least in Spain, and especially in Catalonia, there is an increasing demand and few qualified professionals for such positions," said Sergi Tur Badenas of the Institut de l'Ebre, Tarragona, Spain. Sergi Tur Badenas added: "The PUE/LPI-Spain initiative owes its remarkable success, specifically in Catalan, to the creation of an online documentation base about the LPIC-1 certification. This tool has been useful both for teachers and students in order to clearly verify educational goals and skills development students have gained during their training towards the LPIC program."

For more information on LPI's Approved Academic Partner program please see: http://www.lpi.org/training

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 260,000 exams and 87,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

About the Linux Professional Institute

The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of comprehensive, top-quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux professionals. 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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