Manhattan, Kansas May 24, 2018 – Nine Manhattan High School Students are the newest Kansas High School Students to earn their Mobile Application Design and Development industry credentials.

These students owe their opportunity to earn these new credentials to Manhattan High School’s Business Educator Kathy Ricketts. This is Kathy’s first year teaching the Web and Mobile Application Industry Certification curriculum. As you know, the first year of a new course takes extra effort, and all of Ms. Ricketts hard work paid off for her school and students.

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Great business educators never work in a vacuum, and we want to give special thanks to her administration team lead by Principal Greg Hoyt and Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade. All of their support was critical to helping make this latest success at USD 383 happen.

Her students’ industry certifications were earned by completing the Web and Mobile Application Industry Certification curriculum and then sitting for a proctored online exam at MHS. Web Professionals Association offers the industry certification and exam. The WebProfessionals.org is the international industry association for IT professionals engaged in web development, connected applications, and mobile app development. The WebProfessionals.org have been serving Web, App and IT professionals for over 25 years. WebProfessionals.org are proud of their professional outreach work and supports SkillsUSA, WorldSkills International and numerous competitions and events that help learners with their professional career goals.

The WebProfessionals.org and curriculum provider CTeLearnig.com join together to congratulate following students for receiving their well-deserved certifications.

    The newly credentialed students are:

  • Kirkland Akins
  • Laura Baldwin
  • Jackson Boyle
  • Abby Dougherty
  • Michael Kovar
  • Sonia Manly
  • Max Maus
  • Jonah Truman
  • Vanessa Wood

The industry certification is an optional element for this course. Many students take the course for only High School credit. Those who want to gain the coveted industry credentials must receive a minimum course grade, meet all project performance requirements as required. Meet all career portfolio and presentation requirements. Exhibit professionalism in all class activities and pass the credentials exam. Ms. Rickett’s students took the proctored exam at Manhattan High.

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“All of us at the Web Professionals Association are very proud of Ms. Rickett’s students. We continue to see strong growth in students receiving their credentials in Kansas. We are excited about this growth in coding, web, app, and computer science in the heartland. We love seeing students take these first essential steps towards high demand STEAM / STEM careers in Web and App Development.” commented Mark DuBois, Executive Director of the Web Professionals Association. “Ms. Ricketts was terrific to work with, and we look forward to seeing more students getting their credentials next year. ”

“High tech, high demand career education can happen and should happen everywhere. For years we have been pushing the idea of Live Rural, Learn Rural and Work Global,” spoke Steve Waddell, the founder of CTe Learning. “There should never be a reason for students, wherever they live, to not get the opportunity to discover their passions and talents for these high-demand STEAM careers. There is still this myth, which if you want to work in web and app development careers, you must leave the small town or rural community and move to a large urban space. Those days are long gone and have been for a while. Kathy, USD 383 and her students helping to kill that myth. Way to go – Congratulations to everyone. And special thanks to Mark DuBois and the Web Professionals Association for all their work behind the scenes to support CTE and STEM in our country. ”