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Linux For Ladies: A New Tech Education Program For Women


When we launched the Open Cloud Academy last year, one of our goals was to help make technology careers and education more inviting to women and minorities. We want to help improve talent diversity in our industry.

Yesterday at SXSW we unveiled our newest program designed specifically for women who are interested in pursuing technology careers, specifically in Linux. The program is called “Linux for Ladies.” The goal is to create a fun, safe and inclusive educational environment for women who are interested in Linux-related IT careers and technical opportunities.

All Linux for Ladies applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a series of free prerequisite workshops to help students achieve CompTIA Network+ certification. Following the workshops, the Open Cloud Academy will award 20 scholarships to the top applicants to attend our eight-week Linux Systems Administration track. Completion of this program will prepare students to become an entry-level Linux Administrator.

We are hosting a mandatory information session March 26 at 6 p.m. at the Open Cloud Academy located on the sixth floor of the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio. You must attend the information session to be eligible for a scholarship. In this session, we will discuss all of the details, including schedule, curriculum, eligibility and more. We hope to see you there.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Duane LaBom.

Duane La Bom is the Director of Learning and Development at Rackspace based in San Antonio, Texas. Rackspace is a global Cloud Computing provider with annual revenues in excess of $1B and over 5000 employees globally.

An experienced leader with passion for leveraging human resources to continually improve business performance, Duane has enjoyed success at developing talent globally for emerging-high-growth as well as established fortune 100 companies. Additionally, Duane has guided employee development programs for one of the world’s premier manufacturing organization.

Early in his career, Duane successfully completed the Leadership Development Program at Willamette Industries. Soon after, he was promoted to Regional Manager of Training where he was responsible for supporting all talent development needs for a business segment with over 15K employees located in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Alabama. Based on his success he was asked to lead the North American training function.

After over seven years with Willamette Industries, Duane joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing, the world’s leading automotive manufacturer with revenues in excess of $230B at the time. Duane held multiple HR Leadership roles before being named Manager of Training and Development. In this role Duane played the lead role in developing the programs needed to develop the 2200 new employees hired for Toyota’s new plant in San Antonio, Texas. The training delivered to these new employees were instrumental in helping Toyota receive the JD Powers award the first year of production. This had never been done in the automotive industry.

Currently at Rackspace, Duane is responsible for all technical learning and development programs. Focus in this role includes the building of cloud computing skills for global employees and also for future employees through the delivery of technical training through the Rackspace Open Cloud Academy.

Educated at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, Mr. La Bom currently resides in San Antonio with his wife Danielle and their three children.

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    Linux for ladies, sounds like a great plan. I like this concept and I hope the goal of making technology careers and education more inviting to women will be inspiring…

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