LPI joins the European e-Skills Association

(Sacramento, CA, USA: July 9, 2013) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced it has become a member of the European e-Skills Association (EeSA: http://eskillsassociation.eu/). EeSA supports the development of e-skills and digital literacy in Europe in partnership with the European Commission, public authorities across Europe, SMEs and other stakeholders. LPI joins the following other EeSA members: the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Cisco, CompTIA, ECDL Foundation, The European CIO Association, EXIN, HP, Microsoft and Oracle.

"LPI has long pursued an IT workforce development agenda of empowering youth in their IT careers, innovation, digital literacy and content, and promoting industry partnerships between government, enterprise and training partners. This closely paralells Europe's overall e-skills long term strategy. As such our membership in the European e-Skills Association is a natural fit for us. We look forward to representing the interests of Linux and Open Source Software within this organization while cooperating on a larger agenda of IT skills development in Europe," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

LPI has worked at a leadership level with EeSA in the past: most recently on IT skills standards within a European-wide e-Competence Framework (e-CF) and an eSkills Quality Labels program. For more information see: http://www.lpi.org/blog/lpi-behind-scenes-skills-standards-and-european-e-competence-framework

"LPI's longstanding commitment and efforts on global IT workforce development are remarkable. LPI has mapped its LPIC Program to the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) in the scope of our initiative on the development of a quality label for ICT industry training and certification. The participation of LPI in the CEN ICT Skills Workshop (European Standardisation Committee) and the European e-Skills Association is welcome and we look forward to the insight they can bring to the “Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs” launched by President Barroso in March 2013," said André Richier, Principal Administrator at the European Commission within the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry.

More about the EU e-skills strategy: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/ict/e-skills/index_en.htm

More about the European e-Competence Framework: http://www.ecompetences.eu

More information on EeSA's Mission and Activities: http://www.eskillsassociation.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=28&Itemid=2

For more information on EeSA's members:http://eskillsassociation.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=4

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 5,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 350,000+ exams and 125,000+ 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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