UE CCSS Professor now IBM-certified DB2 Academic Associate


Prof. Sheila M. Geronimo of the UE College of Computer Studies and Systems is now an IBM-certified Academic Associate for DB2 9 Database and Application Fundamentals. This after she successfully completed an intensive training program which was organized by the Philippine Society of IT Educators National Capital Region (PSITE-NCR), led by current PSITE President John Ruero, in cooperation with IBM Philippines, and held on December 5-9, 2011 at Adamson University.

DB2 is a type of database management software by IBM that facilitates interaction among computer users.

IBM, through PSITE-NCR, invited UE and the Society’s other member-institutions to join the training program. Among the perks of the training program was the free certification provided by IBM, which usually costs $200.

Prior to the actual seminar, Prof. Geronimo (seen in the photo, 7th from left, with the program’s other participants) was one of the 17 people who passed the qualifying examination for eligibility to undergo training given by IBM Philippines in the first week of December.

Out of that 17, only 11 attended the five-day rigorous training. Prof. Geronimo was the lone UE participant along with attendees from different schools such as Centro Escolar University, Technological Institute of the Philippines, Manila Central University, Lyceum of the Philippines University and AMA Computer University.

Each training day consisted of lectures and two or three examinations, all in preparation for the final exam by IBM International. Prior to the final examination, they were given a mock exam, of which only those who passed would be allowed to take the certification exam.

Of the 11, only Prof. Geronimo and eight others were certified after passing the certification exam.

As a certified Academic Associate, Prof. Geronimo is now entitled to provide training on DB2 (at IBM’s discounted rate), which she intends to do to the graduating CCSS students as well as to her co-faculty members, with the support of UE CCSS Dean Rodany Merida. Such training will be beneficial for UE students and the University as a whole since it will provide students with a new learning venue regarding database software. With the certification coming from IBM, an industry specialist, this also mean that UE students would be equipped with the latest database management systems used by the industry.

Prof. Geronimo is a UE CCSS graduate, having earned her BS Computer Science degree in 1992 and Doctor of Education in Administration in 2011 from the UE Graduate School. She currently serves as the President of UE CCSS Faculty Club, and is the former President and an honorary member of PSITE-NCR.

She also holds a Java NetBeans certification, which she earned in 1998. (end)

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