Mainframe Mentors: Cultivating Mainframe Talent in Veterans and Minorities

The demand for skilled mainframe technologists is high in government, enterprises, and other organizations. Although colleges and universities offer computer engineering and computer science programs, many of these programs leave gaps in students' education. For members of minority groups and veterans, this gap is wider. They’re often underrepresented in college programs but have skills and abilities that would shine in a mainframe environment. Lance Gaynor, an experienced mainframer, realized this gap and in 2018 founded the nonprofit Mainframe Mentors in New Jersey to help fill it. He shares his experiences and efforts to not only educate, but also recruit veterans and underrepresented groups into the technology sector.

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