At 01:10 AM 5/1/1998 -0600, you wrote:
>My 2 cents worth on the available talent especially southern Minnesota and 
>northern Iowa has to do with the fact that many of the tech schools, junior 
>colleges, and even some of the four year schools have AS400 on site. Matter 
>of fact, I was talking to one instructor from an area community college that 
>stated that they had been given an AS400 from a local business when that 
>upgraded to a new system.

Let me add to this that Minneapolis Tech College (nee Institute) had a 38
when I started training there in '89. By '91 they had a 400. As I
understand, there was some kind of 'angel' that helped them get this
equipment along the way (parent of a student?). And while MTC had a 400,
another private tech school was training students on a 34!

Other tech schools here, esp. the state ones like Minneapolis, Hennepin,
Dakota, etc., have this equipment, too. And Mankato State U. And . . .

Kathleen Kostuck says schools are dropping programs from lack of interest
by prospective students. First, are people buying the Jeane-Dixonish
prediction of the demise of the 400? Maybe get the word to _high_ school
advisers that work is available in the 400 field—prime the pump, so to speak.

BTW, I don't work for any of these institutions (I _did_ teach VB evenings
at Mpls Tech College for a couple years—until they wanted to take 1*4-time
union dues out of my 1/10-time paycheck—strong DFL, pro-union state here!)
But the program at Mpls is booming. And others ,too, I assume. MTC's number
is 612 370-9400, I think. Don't know the others. But there're students
looking for jobs.


Vernon Hamberg
Systems Software Programmer
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
400 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55401-2499
(612) 371-1111 x480

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