GOODLAND SCHOOLS AND NORTHWEST TECH CREATE CODING INITIATIVE

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GOODLAND SCHOOLS AND NORTHWEST TECH CREATE CODING INITIATIVE

Goodland, Kansas – June 14, 2017, Unified School District 352 and Northwest Kansas Technical College today announced their new K-14 coding initiative which begins this fall.

With the help of Apple’s new Everyone Can Code curriculum and Swift Playgrounds App, every grade level at Goodland USD 352 will be immersed in the creative world of coding and app development. This coding initiative is designed to serve not only as an introduction to coding for all students but will serve as a fast-track trajectory of accelerated learning for those who find they are well suited for this rewarding career path.

As Goodland High School students enter their junior and senior years, they will have the opportunity to take advantage of a new Junior/Senior option. “This exiting option will permit our students to receive 50% of their learning experience on Northwest Tech’s campus, leading them to graduate from high school with both college credit and a Technical Certificate in Mobile App Development.” noted USD 352 Superintendent Bill Biermann, “and we are very exited to be partnering with Northwest Tech on this initiative.”

Over the last eight years, both Goodland School District and Northwest Tech have been recognized as Apple Distinguished Programs and Schools. The college, a leader in mobile technology, has the distinguished recognition of being the first 2 year college to implement an iPad one-to-one initiative. “We’re very excited about this educational partnership with USD 352 which will enhance our students’ college experience as well as prepare them for the education they will receive in our App Development Program,” noted Northwest Tech President Ben Schears, “With the combined efforts of both USD 352 and Northwest Tech, Goodland will become one of the first K-14 coding education communities in the nation.”

This new K-14 coding initiative is scheduled for the 2017/18 school year.

For more information on this story please contact: Ben Schears, ben.schears@nwktc.edu 785-890-1501