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February 10, 2011

Locals earn Advanced Technical Certification

CORBIN — Special to the Times-Tribune

Local technology experts Jill Roaden, Kevin Anderson and Sam Williams, of the Whitley County School District, recently were recognized as Apple Certified Systems Administrators (ACSA). This designation is earned by individuals that demonstrate a high level of knowledge and ability to support Apple computers by completing nearly five weeks of training and passing a series of exams.

Roaden, Anderson and Williams were among a select group of 37 Kentucky educators to complete this level of training and achieve this advanced designation. The training program is offered through Dataseam, which donates computers to local schools. In addition to everyday classroom work, computers are also used by researchers at U of L’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center to help find potential life saving drugs that fight deadly cancers.

“The Dataseam initiative is transforming the way our teachers teach and our children learn,” said House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, (D-Sandy Hook). “The collaborative effort behind Dataseam — local schools, universities, cancer research — all made possible by coal severance funds is unique to Kentucky’s economic development efforts. I congratulate these technicians, who are the largest certified collective nationally, supporting the teachers and students statewide in an ground-breaking effort that is redefining education, research, and workforce development in a 21st Century Commonwealth.”

“It has been a great experience for me,” said Sam Williams, District Network Manager.

Jill Roaden, Chief Information Officer said, “This helps us take advantage of the latest and greatest technology for our students.” The school district has installed about 265 computers as part of the Dataseam program. The computers not only support basic writing and Internet activities in the classroom, but schools can use wikis, blogs, remote monitoring and even video conferencing to help teachers enhance classroom learning.

“People in the Whitley County School District should be very proud of this personal accomplishment,” said Dataseam’s Chief Executive Officer, Brian Gupton. “Not only does this help teachers and students, but it is a great example of how Kentucky is developing a high-tech workforce reflective of opportunities in a 21st century workplace.

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