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IBM To Hire 2,000 More Veterans, Expand Tech Training Schools (axios.com) 32

Ina Fried, reporting for Axios: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is among the tech leaders meeting Friday with President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Axios has learned. They'll discuss worker training. And IBM will announce plans to: Open 20 more of its P-TECH schools, which let students get a combined high school degree and associate degree in science and technology in as little as four and a half years. Hire 2,000 U.S. military veterans over the next four years and expand a program that trains and certifies veterans in the use of the type of IBM software often used by law enforcement, cybersecurity and national security agencies.
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IBM To Hire 2,000 More Veterans, Expand Tech Training Schools

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 17, 2017 @03:22PM (#54060943)

    Are they hiring people who fought in Kashmir against Pakistan? Or maybe they are hiring Pakistanis who crossed into Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban? Can't think of any other armed conflicts in South Asia.

  • IBM to practice discriminatory hiring practices against 2,000 students over 4 years in a bid to reduce the likelihood of qualified college graduates receiving degrees. Inflation of the supply market for degree students and subsequent downward pressure on salaries to save billions over the next decade. Landlords gearing up for the Evict College Students To House More Veterans Credit.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      They will all be replaced by H1-B workers.

    • by gtall ( 79522 )

      That's not the real problem, the real problem is that moronic companies like IBM think science and technology is all there is to education. Yes, let's produce a crop of unidimensional idiots who cannot tell their ass from a hole in the ground, but can measure both.

  • by ErichTheRed ( 39327 ) on Friday March 17, 2017 @03:55PM (#54061257)

    I guess I don't see how this will help domestic employment. In my world of IT, the next big thing is cloud/DevOps stuff and managing thousands of servers via automation. IBM barely makes hardware these days -- they do mainframes, storage and POWER systems. The only thing I can think of that would provide immediate military employment is maintaining Watson or whatever, watching over data that requires a security clearance.

    IBM is basically rebranding itself as a "cognitive" Accenture/Wipro clone with an AI system, so what will all these graduates of the P-TECH schools actually do? Are they just going to add a few token US employees to their offshore outsourcing operations? Teach them to fly around the country in identical suits giving PowerPoint presentations to executives? I'd love to see domestic job growth in tech, but this seems like a PR stunt.

    • I guess I don't see how this will help domestic employment. In my world of IT, the next big thing is cloud/DevOps stuff and managing thousands of servers via automation............its called quantom computing and has nothing to do with domestic workers, it does have everything to do with seriously intelligent people...you have to think out of the box and its not stuff, its called enterprise security.
  • by slew ( 2918 ) on Friday March 17, 2017 @04:10PM (#54061395)

    So, now IBM wants to get into the diploma mill business too... I guess the transformation is complete.

    • They always were ;-) But now that they've burnt their leadership role in engineering, they realize it's one of the few profit centers left.
  • "let students get a combined high school degree and associate degree in science and technology in as little as four and a half years"

    Will these students have any transferable credits to continue their education into a bachelor or greater degree?

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