Damian Johnson, Director of Technology, Jenkins Independent Schools, recently completed advanced technical certification to keep up with the growing number of computers and technology in the school district.
Classroom instruction continues to rely more heavily on computer technology and student connectivity to the world. The intensive training helped Johnson earn certifications for OS X Mavericks Support Essentials and OS X Mavericks Server Essentials. Johnson earned 12 computers for the school district as part of the training class and passing the certification exams.
“Not only does the hardware and software change constantly, but how our students and teachers utilize everything from desktop systems, cloud services, and mobile devices is rapidly evolving” according to Johnson. “This training helps me stay current with the tools and techniques used to manage systems on the network in order to create the best possible environment for education.”
“The education sector is one of Kentucky’s largest employers statewide and, by default, one of its largest consumers of technology. We don’t always think of education as an industry segment but these technology professionals employed in Kentucky’s K-12 schools are part of the Commonwealth’s next-generation workforce,” said Brian Gupton, Dataseam CEO.
The training and computers are part of the Dataseam program. Supported over the past nine years with coal severance tax money, Dataseam has provided area schools nearly 20,000 computers and trained more than 8,000 educators and technicians. Ninetyone individuals statewide have earned national technical certifications.