Pearson VUE and Sun Partner to Provide Testing
Pearson VUE, the arm of Pearson Education that provides electronic testing, signed a contract with Sun Microsystems to provide computer-based test delivery of Sun certification exams in association with the Sun Academic Initiative. Certain Sun exams will now be available through the Pearson VUE network of more than 3,400 testing centers around the world for participants in the Sun Academic Initiative.
The Sun Academic Initiative is a program meant to foster collaboration between Sun and academic institutions. Through the program, qualified institutions become Authorized Sun Education Centers, which allows them to provide courses to help their students prepare for Sun certification exams. Courses delivered through the program introduce students to Sun technologies, preparing them for certification in areas like Java programming or the Solaris Operating System.
While certification preparation is the main benefit of the program, there are others. Academic institutions are often faulted for falling behind the latest and most innovative technologies—usually due to curriculum development cycles. But through the Sun Academic Initiative, partner institutions get access to the latest technology changes as well as up-and-coming technologies. Students get hands-on classroom instruction from teachers authorized by Sun. If you prefer to do things on your own, that’s OK. The program also allows students to study at their own pace through online courses, available from any browser, through the Sun Web Learning Center. Another benefit for students? They get academic pricing for Sun’s authorized curriculum and free access (for both students and faculty) to online courses from the Sun Web Learning Center.
For more information on the Sun Academic Initiative, see http://www.sunacademic.com.
Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.