z Systems: Mainframe computing

Posted: November 12, 2015 Modified: January 10, 2017

Students with mainframe skills will be the revolutionaries in computing systems that are transforming business, whole industries, and the world. With the mainframe driving new approaches to cloud, analytics, security, and mobile computing, those with mainframe skills will be ready to help tackle challenges never before thought possible.

By collaborating with IBM, with our network of customers and Business Partners, and with other academia from around the world, your students will build more of the skills that industry demands. We’ll help you and your students along the learning path by providing you resources to teach your students about mainframe computing, giving your students virtual access to an IBM mainframe, and helping your students qualify for jobs with the largest and most successful companies in the world. Find out which schools participate.

Find an IBM mainframe contest to help your students get hands-on z Systems (formerly System z) skills and win great prizes. The contests are available worldwide and no experience is necessary.

Academic Initiative members may also qualify for no-charge remote access to an IBM mainframe system. Learn more.


Many z Systems courses are available for download, access courses, and choose from Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced courseware. Registration is required to download courseware.

Quickly and easily incorporate an introduction to z Systems into your existing courses using the Educator Quick Start Guide. It provides videos, hands on labs, and bonus materials to allow your students to explore the many facets of enterprise systems.

Connect Your Students to zJobs

Our clients and partners post hundreds of z System job opportunities on our zJobConnector site. Your students can post their resumes to this site at no-charge and connect with employers ready to hire these skills. z Systems Job Connector