With the growth of cloud, virtualization, IT-as-a-Service, and Big Data, organizations today are contending with major technology shifts. The impact spreads beyond implementing the technology itself; organizations must reinvent themselves, and new skills and roles are required.Back in 2004, EMC realized that education was key to helping our customers get the most from their technology investments. Since that time, EMC has put tremendous effort into developing the EMC Proven Professional education and certification program to help fill the industry’s skills gap and facilitate successful storage, cloud, and Big Data implementations. In fact, our research shows that after completing EMC virtualization, cloud, and Big Data courses, IT managers report significantly improved results.Since EMC launched the Proven Professional program in 2005, it has grown rapidly, been broadly adopted, and received industry recognition. Today, I am excited and proud to share that we have hit the milestone of 100,000 Proven Professional certifications!We believe Proven Professional is now the largest certification program in the Information Storage and Management industry. Through the Proven program, there is now a vibrant community of highly skilled partners, customers, EMC employees, and IT professionals across the industry, helping their organizations achieve new levels of success.Proven Professional certification provides IT professionals with credibility and increased market value—up to a 10-14% salary premium for EMC’s Cloud Architect certification, according to Foote Partners in a recent CIO magazine article. Being Proven ensures that IT professionals keep current, connect, and collaborate through such programs as the EMC Knowledge Sharing awards.Brian Miller, Operations Integration Manager, Digital Technology Group, for leading U.S. multimedia company Tribune, recently attained his EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services and EMC Cloud Architect certifications. “My company is still very siloed, and I am trying to bring the silos together,” Miller said. “The certification training has helped me ask the right questions. I’m not walking into meetings saying I know everything about cloud; I am in there trying to find out what cloud means to us. The certification absolutely adds credibility.” (Listen to testimonials from Proven Professionals including EMC partner David Vogel, employee Jon Hyde, and customer Katreena Mullican and others here about how certification helps them do their jobs.)EMC’s education efforts also extend to building the next generation of IT professionals. The EMC Academic Alliance Program (EAA), also launched in 2005, has just achieved its own significant milestone. There are now more than 1,500 academic institutions participating in the Academic Alliance program, which provides universities worldwide with technology curricula to educate and prepare tomorrow’s IT and data science professionals and helps meet the industry’s growing demand for advanced technology skills. Through the EAA, EMC provides faculty with its industry-standards-based “open” curriculum, free training, and resources to teach information infrastructure technologies that prepare students for future technology careers.The excitement about EMC’s education initiatives is spreading across social media as well. Facebook pages for the EMC Academic Alliance and EMC Proven Professional are attracting more than 1.1 million fans. This is a real testament to the global interest in these programs and recognition of the importance of education to the industry. Education accelerates IT transformation and drives better, faster results for organizations. As we like to say, lead the transformation and get Proven!
Governor Wolf Tours Scranton Neighborhood Redevelopment Supported with State Investments Economy, Press Release, Seniors Scranton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today toured the redevelopment on Cedar Avenue in Scranton to see how the partnerships between his administration, United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) and local officials and organizations are revitalizing the neighborhood. UNC is leading the project to rebuild several city blocks in South Scranton by creating a mix of new homes for working families and businesses.“The transformation that is happening in this section of Scranton is wonderful to see and a demonstration of what is possible when the commonwealth along with leading organizations like the United Neighborhood Center and other members of the community work together,” said Governor Wolf. “The project is helping to improve lives and transition a neighborhood into a center of opportunity to live, work and play.”UNC began leading the community-wide effort in 2008 to transform the neighborhood with new housing, retail and office spaces to reduce blight, improved community partnerships, decrease crime, and bring the community together. More than $20 million has been invested in the project.Over that time, the Department of Community and Economic Development has worked closely withUNC and local officials to designate the neighborhood as an Elm Street Community, investing more than $2.8 million in the project. The Department of Education invests approximately $120,000 a year through the Education for a Family Learning program.“The tremendous beautification and revitalization efforts that have taken place through the Cedar Avenue project, with United Neighborhood Center, have brought about hope for what could be a broader revitalization of the South Scranton neighborhoods and have revitalized the community,” said Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright.In 2010, the United Neighborhood Community Development Corporation developed 40 housing units in the 500 and 600 blocks of Cedar Avenue including townhouses and apartments with commercial space on the street level and living space on the upper floors. The initiative was funded by $1,790,625 of Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds and $25,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits from the Department of Community and Economic Development, $75,000 of HRA funds, $$187,500 of HOME funds, $75,000 of CDBG funds, $94,227 of CHDO funds, $225,000 of Local Share funds, and a $300,000 grant from the Weinberg foundation.The second phase of the project transformed multiple properties on Cedar Avenue and Alder Street into 30 apartments over nine buildings. The phase was supported with $420,000 in Local Share, $500,000 from Lackawanna/Susquehanna Behavioral Health, $878,880 from the Weinberg foundation and $7,170,910 from Low Income Housing Tax Credit Equity.To put a capstone on the decade long revitalization, UNC is in the process of completing the transformation of the former South Scranton Bank and Trust building with $150,000 through the Neighborhood Partnership Program from DCED and pending investments. The anchor for the neighborhood will provide space for the community, businesses and UNC services.The United Neighborhood Center is a nonprofit agency dedicated to meeting the needs of local low-income families, seniors, and youth, while also empowering them to attain self-sufficiency. The organization uses a wrap-around approach to address the emerging needs of the community in six departments including community services, child care, youth, older adults, community education and revitalization, and community health and a Housing/Community Development Corporation. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 04, 2017