• Subject: Re: ADVERTISING SUPPORT FOR AS/400 ANNOUNCEMENT
  • From: HAVEAJOB@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 09:03:09 -0400 (EDT)

I'm sort of surprised about the percieved lack of college support.  As a
technical recruiter, I work primarily in the midrange arena.  I've found that
many of the Community and Junior colleges in the South offer AS/400 classes
and programs...I have made it a point to try to develop a personal rapport
with the instructors and program leaders at several of these schools.  

In fact...one school recently placed 94% of their graduates of their 2-yr
program.  The DEMAND for graduates is not percieved, but very real.  Most
recent graduates with AS degrees start out as operators or junior programmers
below $10/hr but advancement can be very rapid.  Three years of solid
experience and progression can allow programmers to earn in the mid $30K's
minimum, often up to $45K.  I'm really surprised that more people do not take
this educational track because of the rapid pay-off.

>From my experiences in recruiting nationwide and placing regionally in the
South and Midwest, I know that obvious regional preferences come into play,
but the AS/400 programs in the South are being pushed and nurtured for the
most part.  Typical programs include COBOL, RPG variants, operations, and
control languages.  

If anyone wants more info, drop me a line and I can recommend some successful
schools and programs.

David Brown
haveajob@aol.com -or- haveajob@airnet.net
800-239-1410 x105
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