IT ops: scholarship opportunity for entry-level workers

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The DevOps Collective, overseen by Pluralsight’s own Don Jones, recently announced plans for an upcoming scholarship targeted at future IT ops—and we’re pretty excited about it. In brief, Don, Curriculum Director for Pluralsight’s IT ops content, has a passion for ensuring that young people have options when it comes to entering their careers. While universities and career colleges certainly offer one path for young people to learn the basics of their desired positions, Don feels that some careers–like IT ops–can open doors for far less time and money. That’s why he’s so thrilled about The DevOps Collective's new “GetGoing” education program, which includes plans for a 2016-2017 scholarship.

About GetGoing

The program, announced in April 2016, defines a model curriculum that lines learners up for an entry-level job in the IT ops field. This usually means getting a job as a help desk technician, desktop support technician or similar role–many of which pay up to $40,000 per year in the US.

The program’s 36-week recommended track includes suggestions for hands-on experience, live mentoring and self-study. It also enables new graduates to assemble their own program from whichever training materials they prefer. Tracks for both Microsoft Windows and Linux technologies are included, and aggressive learners can, of course, opt to learn both (which, not surprisingly, can significantly enhance job prospects). Completing the program also nets them up to four globally recognized IT certifications including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and Linux Professional Institute’s LPIC-1. 

How and where to start

Here’s some great news: Pluralsight has already created a turnkey curriculum that maps the GetGoing model curriculum to Pluralsight courses. This enables learners to opt for the self-study route through the program, and for less than $50 per month. The Pluralsight curriculum includes suggestions for hands-on experiences, and works best when combined with weekly mentor check-ins.

About the scholarship

In cooperation with Pluralsight and other sponsors, The DevOps Collective is offering two full-ride scholarships through the program for 2016. Each scholarship is worth over $11,000 and includes the full Pluralsight curriculum, weekly mentoring, hands-on experiences that include a build-it-yourself PC (which students get to keep!), online labs, Azure time for additional hands-on practice, practice exams, and the cost of the certification exams.

As you may have already gathered, GetGoing is an incredible program that gives young people a real shot at a solid job in an industry that’s known for promoting from within and for continual education. Scholarship applications are being accepted until May 15, 2016, with a program start date of June 20, 2016. Head here for more details.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate for this scholarship has a passion for technology and is already brainstorming ways to turn it into a full-time career. If you know any soon-to-be-graduates, and they just so happen to meet this description, send them over to right away!

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Don Jones

Don Jones' broad IT experience comes from 20 years in the business, with a strong focus on Microsoft server technologies. He's the author of more than 45 technology books, including titles on administration and software development, and writes monthly columns for the industry's leading periodicals. He's an in-demand speaker at technical conferences and symposia worldwide, and is widely recognized as one of the top trainers in the Microsoft sector.