Rutgers University Offers Discount On Advanced Tech Courses

Get 10 percent off hands-on computer labs

8 August 2008

Need to bone up on your knowledge of Linux system administration or software engineering, reliability engineering, and computer technology topics? Would you like to learn the dos and don’ts of using Web-based communities—dubbed Web 2.0—such as MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, and Wikipedia?

Rutgers University is offering IEEE members a 10 percent discount on its Rutgers Advanced Technology Extension (RATE) courses and certification programs at its Busch Campus, in Piscataway, N.J.

The discount is being offered through the IEEE Education Partners Program. Most courses feature hands-on computer labs, according to Stephen Carter, director of technical operations at the Rutgers Center for Advanced Information Processing, which offers the RATE classes.

CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS The US $79, one-day Web 2.0 class covers how to use social networking and online community Web sites for networking and job searching. Other topics include how to get the most out of blogs, wikis, and podcasts.

The reliability-engineering program covers failure data systems and complex systems. Topics include methods of design for data systems’ reliability, preventative maintenance, and how to inspect and repair systems to increase their availability and reliability. The one-day course costs $399; the two-day version costs $799.

The third certificate program gives students hands-on training in Linux systems administration, including how to master platform commands, user account management, network services (domain name system, e-mail, and Apache), and system security. The five- and 12-day Linux programs each cost $1399.

ABBREVIATED COURSES Short courses on data mining, software engineering, and information technology take one to three days to complete and cost from $599 to $1799.

Participants can earn academic-degree credits from some of the short courses, and can get continuing-education units from all the courses and programs.

For more information on the RATE program, visit To learn more about the IEEE-EPP, go to

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