Professor receives 2018 Red Hat Academy New Instructor of the Year award

MCC Professor Dennis Kibbe, the 2018 Red Hat Academy New Instructor of the YearMCC Professor Dennis Kibbe, the 2018 Red Hat Academy New Instructor of the Year. MESA, Ariz. – Dec. 5, 2018 – Dennis Kibbe, Mesa Community College business and information systems professor, was named the 2018 Red Hat Academy New Instructor of the Year during the Red Hat North American Training Partner and Instructor Conference, Sept. 5-6 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Kibbe, a teacher of the Linux operating system since 2008, has been recognized on multiple occasions for his instructional expertise and dedication to students.

“Although it's been less than a year since joining the Red Hat Academy Program, many of Dennis’ students are eagerly working toward their RHCSA [Red Hat Certified System Administrator] certification exam,” said Lauren Power, Red Hat Academy Specialist. “In addition to work in the classroom, Dennis is always willing to lend a helping hand to other Red Hat Academy instructors or his community through career fairs, conferences and participation in RHA webinars.

“When we were deciding on this award, one thing that really helped Dennis stand out was his advocacy. Dennis is not only an advocate for his students and community, but he is an advocate for Red Hat and Red Hat Academy.”

“I am honored to be selected as the New Instructor of the Year for the Red Hat Academy. It highlights our dedication to student success and the work we do to support our country’s information technology,” said Kibbe. “We are very enthusiastic to offer this opportunity for IT specialists to become Linux professionals; in demand by business and industry.”

Red Hat Academy is an academic training program designed to help institutions differentiate themselves by providing an enterprise-ready Linux and open source curriculum. Member institutions receive no-cost instructor training and support, robust lab environments with flexible delivery options and comprehensive printed, digital or online textbooks. Students will develop the in-demand skills employers need and receive discounted certification exams.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018