14 Sep

Blue Gecko recommends the University of Washington Oracle Certificate program

At Blue Gecko, we believe that cultivating strong technical contributors is key to our own and our customers’ success. That’s why we are proud to be a part of one of our region’s premier Oracle educational programs: The University of Washington Certificate in Oracle Database Administration.


The UW Oracle Certificate is a six-month program taught by Jeremiah Wilton of Blue Gecko and Venki Krishnababu of Nordstrom. Blue Gecko President Chuck Edwards serves on the advisory board for the program. These experienced professionals want to help you cultivate developers, non-Oracle DBAs and other interested IT staff into knowledgeable Oracle professionals.

Through a combination of weekly lectures and hands-on lab work, students learn the basics of Oracle’s internal architecture, PL/SQL programming skills, and basic and advanced administration. Throughout the course, students manage their own private 64-bit Oracle database on Linux, using Amazon.com’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

The UW offers this class simultaneously in person in downtown Seattle, and online via Adobe Connect. The distance education option allows students from all over the world to attend lectures, participate in class and complete lab work.

Recently, Jeremiah Wilton blogged on Blue Gecko’s site about the pros and cons of programs like the UW’s versus vendor certification from Oracle. You can read his post here:


Blue Gecko does not have a financial relationship with the UW Oracle certificate program; we are proud of our staff contribution to a premier University of Washington academic program.

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One Response to “Blue Gecko recommends the University of Washington Oracle Certificate program”

  1. Daniel 05. May, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    I’m very interested. What’s the employment placement rate of UW PCE grads, and reported salary range? Thanks.

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