Fort Zumwalt District, Ranken partner to help students earn college credit
Posted on February 2nd, 2017

The Board of Education further expanded opportunities for Fort Zumwalt students to be college and career ready when they approved the latest version of the High School Career and Educational Planning Guide. Across the district, students grades 8-11 are working with parents and guidance counselors to set schedules for the next school year. The new guide expands Advanced Placement and college credit courses, which include a wide range of options, from chemistry and calculus to world history and language study. It also adds courses that will allow students to earn credit at Ranken Technical College or Cisco certification before graduation.

   The new partnership with Ranken will allow students who successfully complete Fort Zumwalt’s Metals III – Precision Machining or Metals III – Welding and Fabrication to take the appropriate Ranken assessment test. According to the newly approved course description guide, students who pass a written test proctored at Ranken would be eligible to take a hands-on skills test for a fee of $200. If a student successfully passes the skills test, the $200 would then be applied to first semester enrollment in Machining Principles or Fundamentals of Welding Technology, pending enrollment in Advanced Manufacturing Technology or Fabrication and Welding Technology. There would also be a required manufacturing internship through Ranken for students taking Machining Principles.

   "Fort Zumwalt is committed to having students college and/or career ready," says Jen Waters, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. "Our relationship with Ranken Technical School is a positive step in this direction. Students are able to take relevant course work in high school and are becoming well prepared for both higher ed and the job force. Joining forces with Ranken will allow students to earn credit at a fraction of the cost."
   Similarly, the district has a credit by assessment agreement with Ranken for certification with Cisco, a computer network hardware company that makes switches and routers. New IT Essentials classes would prepare students to take certification tests for a fee. Successful completion of the first class would allow students to take the Comptia A+ Certification test for a fee. A second level class might be added to provide the opportunity to become certified in maintaining and repairing the switches and routers. These professional certifications are the starting point for a career in Information Technology.

   Students in Fort Zumwalt’s Drafting III class also have the opportunity to take the SolidWorks CSWA exam, a professional certification test as their End-of-Course Exam, free of charge. Successful completion shows proficiency in 3D CAD modeling using SolidWorks. The test focuses on the application of design and engineering principles used in industry practices and standards. Students can include certification on resumes and job applications.
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