COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 118

August 30, 2002

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Certified Internet Webmaster Academic Partnership Established

 

Through a commonwealth-wide membership with Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Partner Program, The Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education Services, and the Virginia Community College System, Workforce Development Services Unit, are providing all high schools and community colleges with the benefits of a CIW membership. CIW is a widely recognized vendor-neutral curriculum and certification which focuses on the job skills related to the Internet, i.e., website designer, administrator, manager, developer, and more.

 

This new partnership between the Office of Career and Technical Education and CIW provides several advantages. Schools have the option to purchase official CIW courseware in a simple and cost-effective manner or to become an Authorized Academic partner and a testing site to offer CIW exams directly to students. The variety of learning and testing tools available through this agreement will assist with industry skill certification of students who desire to enter information technology or office workforce positions with Internet-specific and/or Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) skills. Since the Board of Education has recognized the value of industry certifications, this partnership reinforces efforts to help schools integrate marketplace skills and to be certified in appropriate Career and Technical Education programs.

 

Attached is an information packet that includes a description on How to Get Started, as well as an application and a form to complete regarding your interest in participating in this partnership. For additional information about CIW, contact Jeff Berman, account manager, (mailto:jeff.berman@computerprep.com) at (866) 535-8607, and for information regarding this partnership contact James A. Gray, Jr., associate director for career and technical education services, (mailto:jimgray@pen.k12.va.us) at (804) 225-2833.

 

JLD/jag/jts

 

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