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KS DOE Certifies Students' Technical Skills

Kansas State Department of Education Offers Certifications Statewide To Validate High School Students' Technical Skills; Certiport Works with KSDE To Implement Microsoft Office Specialist, Adobe Certified Associate and Internet and Computing Core Certifications

SALT LAKE CITY--(via BUSINESS WIRE)--Certiport (www.certiport.com), the leading certification solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announced that the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has launched a new initiative to help Kansas high school students earn industry-recognized certifications. This effort is part of a statewide focus ensuring Kansas students achieve challenging academic and technical standards to be prepared for high-demand/high-skill occupations in current or emerging professions.

The project provides the opportunity for up to 33,500 high school students enrolled in approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout the state to earn the following certifications: Microsoft® Office Specialist (MOS), Adobe® Certified Associate (ACA) and the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®).

“This program is truly a win-win situation,” said Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker. “Our students gain access to these valuable certifications, helping prepare them for their next steps after high school, and we're able to move closer to our State Board of Education goal of ensuring all Kansas students are college and career ready upon graduation.”

By working with Certiport, the KSDE aims to give students access to leading certification programs, while using assessment information from the exams to enhance instruction and ensure students have achieved in-demand technical skills.

The undertaking will also help the KSDE to achieve one of the requirements of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which is to provide access to or opportunities for industry-recognized certification and credentials.

“The KSDE is setting an excellent example of how high schools can satisfy assessment requirements while helping their students become career-ready with valuable certifications that are recognized worldwide,” said Ray Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Certiport. “Microsoft, Adobe and IC³ certifications provide opportunities for partnerships between high schools, local businesses and post-secondary schools. In the end, industry-recognized credentials create a more skilled workforce, which benefits the students and their future employers.”

In order to implement the certification program, the KSDE qualified 125 high schools as Certiport Authorized Testing Centers. Utilizing Certiport’s site license option will allow for high volume testing at an affordable cost, and funding for the project comes from a blend of state and federal funds.

Students who have earned credits in CTE state-approved pathways will be given the opportunity to earn certification through free instruction and testing.

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Certiport is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services which include practice tests via MeasureUp® delivered through an expansive network of over 10,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft® Office certification program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the iCritical Thinking™ Certification powered by ETS, the CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals and the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®). Certiport reliably delivers over two million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce and corporate technology markets in more than 142 countries and 24 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at www.twitter.com/certiport.

Contact: Certiport, Brenda Armstrong, 1-801-602-0305, barmstrong@certiport.com