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Get In A ‘Mainframe’ Of Mind At Upcoming Open House

August 20, 2009 -- “Mainframe” is the buzzword for an open house hosted by Collin College’s Continuing Education from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29.

The Mainframe Computing open house is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Courtyard Center for Professional and Economic Development, 4800 Preston Park Blvd. in Plano.

The open house is a venue to meet instructors, review curriculum, ask questions and find out the best path for someone seeking to re-career, improve his or her skills, or just learn new ones.

Continuing Education mainframe courses featured at the open house prepare students for the IBM System Programmer mastery test: Introduction to Mainframe Computing; Mainframe Hardware and Operating System; Mainframe Subsystems and Middleware; COBOL Programming, REXX, Mainframe Assembler Programming, and DB2 for z/OS.

The open house will provide information resources, and Collin College representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Continuing Education courses and certificate programs provide marketable skills that enable transitioning into a new career or help boost a current career.

Mainframes are used by most Fortune 500 companies, contain 80 percent of the world’s mission critical data and process 70 percent of all business transactions. Any time an individual uses a credit card, get cash from an ATM, check a flight schedule, pay taxes, renew a driver’s license or buy something on the Internet, he or she is  interacting with a mainframe. The mainframe workforce is getting older so the demand for people with mainframe skills will continue to increase.

For more information, contact John Byers, CE program director, at or call 972.985.3753.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.