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Posted Monday, April 14 at 3:56 pm
Heather James (Heather), Manager of Learning Services at Acquia and Peter Manijak (LinkedIn profile), Global Certification Lead at Acquia join Ted Bowman and Mike Anello to talk about the first test-based certification program for Drupal developers.
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DrupalEasy Academy

DrupalEasy Academy Drupal Career Starter Program

The Drupal Career Starter Program (DCSP) is a multi-week, multi-modal Drupal training program designed to prepare individuals relatively quickly to become self-sufficient Drupal Professionals. Our approach compresses the Drupal learning curve by immersing students in learning and using Drupal and its associated technologies, providing guidance and resources, as well as requiring early engagement in the community.

The multi-modal DCSP methodology provides students with multiple ways to learn various Drupal skills. In addition to classroom training, the DCSP also provides DrupalEasy-produced lesson guides, reference documents, and screencasts so that students can absorb the material in the manner that suits them the best. It also ramps up experience and nourishes confidence toward skill development and employability through mentoring, hands-on cooperative lab sessions, and when possible, student internships.  Key elements of the DCSP include:

  • Prerequisite technical knowledge required for acceptance into the program
  • Intensive 70 hours of classroom instruction over a 10-week period
  • Practical, cooperative group learning through 40 hours of mandatory group lab
  • Mentoring by volunteer community veterans
  • Mandatory community contributions by each student during the course period
  • Mandatory use of a class web site to submit weekly activity reports and participate in a class forum
  • Mandatory use of Internet Relay Chat (IRC) to communicate with instructors and classmates
  • Encouragement to start presenting at local meetups and camps

From selection to completion, students of the DCSP face rigorous requirements focused on developing them into highly sought-after Drupal professionals.

  1. Outreach
    • Marketing of the program is directed to individuals who seek to utilize their technical backgrounds and capabilities to transition into careers that will most likely be centered on contracting, consulting, and/or virtual positions, all prevalent in the Drupal Community.
    • The message of all outreach focuses on Drupal as a career, and the rigorous path the DCSP will take to get there.
  2. Selection
    • First round selections are based on the level of technical knowledge applicants indicate on their applications.
    • Final selections are based on the demonstration of technical knowledge and comfort level of prospective students at a half-day Taste Of Drupal workshop; designed to brief attendees, as well as provide exercises that serve as indicators of their potential success.
  3. Multi-modal Approach
    • Classroom Instruction
    • Lesson Guides and Reference PDFs
    • Screencasts
    • Individual Homework Assignments
    • Online interaction - Internet Relay Chat (IRC), Drupal.org, groups.drupal.org, class web site
    • Cooperative Lab Hours
    • Mentoring
    • Internships
  4. Curriculum
    • A comprehensive syllabus covers subject matter key to building Drupal knowledge, talent and skill development. 
    • Subject matter is presented in a logical chronology and provides classroom instruction, individual assignments, specific resources, and cooperative lab hours devoted to ensuring mastery of each topic from week to week.
    • Multi-modal course delivery methods leverage the advantages of classroom instruction for new concepts, and lab hours and independent learning opportunities that encourage collaboration and leveraging Drupal resources.
    • The first half of the classroom training focuses on Drupal core and the Views module. During this period, the students are also exposed to various “satellite” technologies during lab hours including Git, SSH, IRC, and PHP. Progress on DrupalLadder.org is also assigned to students during lab hours.
    • The second half of the classroom training focuses on various Drupal “niches”, exposure to commonly-used modules, and practical assignments. This includes introductory module development, introductory theme development, a combination of classroom training and self-discovery of modules like Context, Panels, and Content Access, as well as three week-long mini-projects, each designed to test the students overall site building knowledge.
  5. Community Involvement/Mentoring
    • Students are all assigned a Drupal Community mentor that work with them on an ongoing basis, with the goal of guiding them in their community involvement and discovery of their niche area.
    • Each student must contribute 5 hours per week to issues on Drupal community contributions.
  6. Internships
    • When possible, DrupalEasy works with students, organizations, and workforce boards to arrange paid and unpaid internships to help students get a kickstart to the practical experience that is so important to success as a Drupal professional. 

DrupalEasy works with workforce boards and other organizations to present the DCSP.  If you are interested in presenting a DCSP in your area, please contact us http://drupaleasy.com/contact

DrupalEasy Academy is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education,
Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution
may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite
1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888) 224-6684.