At TSTC in Waco, TX, they have a COBOL course. I can't remember if it was two or just the single 4 hour class, but they used it as a means of weeding out people not really prepared for business programming. I got the flu the semester I had the class, and failed horribly. I was a member of AITP, and at one of the monthly meetings we had, the table we were sitting at was attended by a true professional in the telecommunications industry. I point blank asked the guy why they didn't update to a more modern language, and he told me that they had tried numerous times to do just that. Every time, he said, they ran into walls. Some code just wouldn't port over and it threw everything off. For some reason they just couldn't get the same results from modern compilers as they did COBOl. I was really shocked at his response, and this was back in 2001. Today I'm not at all surprised to see an escalating need for COBOL programmers.