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Collaboration with Red Hat Offers Students Real-World Linux-Based Training, Certification

January 13, 2022

New York Institute of Technology has collaborated with Red Hat to create the New York Institute of Technology Red Hat Academy, an open-source, web-deployed and web-managed education program that provides turnkey curriculum materials to academic institutions to start and sustain an open-source and Linux curricular program. This collaboration will enable students within the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences to gain practical experience and access to training courses offered through the Red Hat Academy.

Initially, New York Tech instructors will deliver the Red Hat System Administration 1 and 2 courses, which prepare students to become Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators. Upon successful completion of these courses, undergraduates studying computer science and information technology will be eligible to earn six credits toward their degree, representing a cost savings of several thousand dollars. These students will also be able to take the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) certification exam.

Linux, an open-source operating system, serves as the basis for many prominent IT initiatives, including containers, cloud-native applications, and security, and has become the de facto standard for running critical workloads in the cloud. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, offering a consistent, open operating system that extends across clouds, data centers, and out to the edge.

New York Tech and its eligible students can benefit from this collaboration in several ways, including:

  • Free student access to the course portal and materials;
  • Discounts on the certification exam fee; 
  • Video instruction and teaching materials for instructors, including lab images and teaching guides; and 
  • An “ambassador program” for students completing certification to promote the program and encourage others to join. Student ambassadors receive access to instructor materials and potential access to job opportunities with Red Hat and its partners.

“In line with New York Tech’s mission to provide career-oriented education to future makers, doers, and innovators, our collaboration with Red Hat provides yet another opportunity for our students to gain practical, real-world experience to help secure sought-after and industry-recognized skills and certifications,” said Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences.