Delaware County IU 25: Partnership Opens Doors to Careers in Apple Servicing and Software

As technology transforms American life, the power of one brand is evident in the millions of Apple iPads, iPhones, and computers in businesses, homes, and hands. In coming years, demand will soar for people skilled in servicing all those devices and using Apple software.

Under a new initiative, Delaware County IU 25 is preparing students for those opportunities, partnering with Apple to offer every certification program the technology giant delivers. It’s a rare opportunity afforded to few secondary students nationwide – the chance to earn a valuable Apple certification before high school graduation.

The program, set to launch in fall 2015, will offer IT certifications that train students to service Apple hardware, software, and operating systems. On the creative side, students can be certified in the Apple programs used in countless video and music studios.

“It provides a lot of opportunities for students to work in businesses and industries that opt to go all Apple,” says Dr. Philip Lachimia, director of Delaware County Technical High Schools. “We’re very excited about this program.”

The initiative is housed under Delaware County Technical High Schools, operated by DCIU at two campuses and other locations countywide. It coincides with reorganization by schools of learning, to further concentrate the meaningful career studies that students can pursue. Students eying careers in medicine are now clustered in the School of Health and Biosciences. Apple certifications and other technology studies will be offered in a new School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Certifications in a range of in-demand fields give students an advantage over their peers as they pursue post-secondary training and education, Lachimia says. Already, districts in DCIU have asked about hiring Apple-certification students to help implement technology in their schools.

“We’re always looking for ways to expand whatever opportunities students can take advantage of while they’re still in high school,” says Lachimia.

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