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Certification Watch (Vol. 19, No. 50)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Oracle supports a national computer science education initiative, an ISACA blogger says you're better off hunting than fishing for you next IT job, and more.

Oracle Makes Push to Help Students Get Computer Science Education


Science teacher and students with tabletIn April at the White House Science Fair, President Barack Obama said that all U.S. students should have access to computer science education. The Obama White House has been pushing a "Computer Science for All" initiative aimed at dramatically expanding the availability of computer skills training and education. Earlier this week, Oracle University, the training and certification arm of the database titan, said that the company executives plan to help more than 125,000 students enter computer science classes. Blogger Brandye Barrington noted that Oracle has supported computer science education since 1993, and that the company has partnered with students via its Oracle Academy training program for more than a decade. Oracle Academy is largely a vehicle for the student-targeted Foundations credentials that Oracle uses to introduce students both to the company's database products and its Java programming language.


25 Tech Certifications That Get Rewarded with Big Bonuses


We're a little late to the table with this one, but we think you'll like what you see here. It's not always easy to draw a staright line between IT certification and increased pay, but one direct link is bonuses awarded to employees who earn a particular IT certification. IT salary guru David Foote tracks cash incentives paid to certification holders, and Foote posted a list at Computerworld on Nov. 30 of the 25 certs that currently reap the highest cash payouts. At the top of the list is the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) credential offered by (ISC)². There are ties, including two nine-way ties, at each of Foote's next four bonus tiers, but the CCFP stands alone.


British Computer Society Thinks IT World Can Do Better for Women


The discussion about making IT more welcoming to women has been increasing in volume for the past few years, but a brand new report from the Brtish Computer Society asserts that little progress toward actual inclusion is being made. Women have worked in IT circles for decades: The new film Hidden Figures recounts the story of black female mathematicians who played a pivotal role in NASA's 1960 Moon missions. Technology professions are still largely dominated by men, however, and the BCS says that the pace of change is slow. The group's Women in IT Scorecard, released earlier this week, found that just 17 percent of all IT professionals are women. And while 56 percent of college graduates are now women, fewer than 20 percent of women who graduate from college walk away with degrees in computer science or other IT-connected subjects. One potential sticking point continues to be salary disparities. BCS researchers report that, on average — still, in 2016 — women make only about 85 percent of what their male counterparts do.


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