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As the next generation of IT professionals prepares to enter the workforce, Red Hat is taking strides to meet them where they are. A major component of this effort is Red Hat Academy, which offers free training on the Red Hat product portfolio to tens of thousands of students per year at high schools and higher education institutions around the globe. 

Among other courses, the curriculum includes offerings on Red Hat OpenShift including Introduction to OpenShift Applications (DO101) and Red Hat OpenShift I: Containers & Kubernetes (DO180). These courses introduce students to building and managing containers for deployment on a Kubernetes cluster. 

Introduction to OpenShift Applications is a developer-focused introduction to OpenShift application building. The course walks you through production scenarios such as scaling and troubleshooting your applications. This course can also help future administrators who might be working with code as infrastructure or with automation take the next step into development.

Students who are interested in learning more about the underlying OpenShift infrastructure and have strong Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)-level skills should start with Red Hat OpenShift I: Containers & Kubernetes (DO180).

Cloud-native development and containerization have become the modern standard for implementing complex and scalable solutions. As a result of this innovation, Kubernetes and containers have become valuable areas of technical expertise, increasing demand for professionals skilled in these areas far beyond the supply of qualified candidates. At Red Hat, we believe that closing this skills gap is vital to the future of enterprise software.

Flexible features for students to tailor their learning

Red Hat Academy students can tailor their learning experience to work for them - a variety of modalities are available, including eBooks, with the option to choose printed or online formats in up to nine languages. Students are also provided complimentary access to hands-on labs that allow for valuable experience to be gained in working with containers, Kubernetes, and the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. Participants learn early on in their career exactly how these skills are applied in professional roles such as developers, administrators and site reliability engineers.

In addition to skills building via Red Hat Training courses, discounts on industry-renowned Red Hat Certifications are available to students and instructors. This means that Red Hat Academy graduates can validate their knowledge by becoming a Red Hat Certified Specialist in Containers and Kubernetes

Graduating with a respected industry certification allows young professionals to stand out from peers as skilled, proven and ready to take on the largest challenges in enterprise software. 

Get started

Red Hat Academy continues to expand and foster the future of leadership in the open source community, establishing a unique and fundamental foundation for students and instructors to enrich opportunities beyond the classroom. Visit the Red Hat Academy Learning Platform today to get started.

About the author

Tariq Fazal has more than 18 years of experience in the IT industry deploying, delivering and managing enterprise training solutions for global enterprises. As the Global Program Manager for the Red Hat Academy, he works with senior leaders within academic institutions to create centers for enterprise-ready talent by outfitting them with Red Hat Training which includes hands-on instruction, curriculum, labs, performance-based testing, and instructor support.

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