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Certiport Recognizes Five High School Students in Kansas State
Scholarship Program

Winners of Certiport-Sponsored Scholarship Program Chosen Based on Certification and Essay Submissions

AMERICAN FORK – February 8, 2012

Certiport ( the leading provider of test delivery services for the global workforce and academic markets, today announced the winners of a certification and essay-based scholarship program for Kansas high school students. The scholarship program compliments a new initiative launched by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to help Kansas high school students earn industry-recognized certifications.

The scholarship winners are as follows:

  • William Ohlde, Clifton-Clyde High School, Instructor Irma Jean Blaha
  • Bryce Roberts, South Barber 7-12, Instructor Tim Rector
  • Carmen Resco, Clifton-Clyde High School, Instructor Irma Jean Blaha
  • Ashley Peterson, Clifton-Clyde High School, Instructor Irma Jean Blaha
  • MaKayla Stucky, Sedgwick High School, Instructor Darren Crumrine

Details about the Kansas State Scholarship Program:

"Certiport offered this scholarship program to support the statewide focus in Kansas helping to ensure that students achieve challenging academic and technical standards," said Ray Kelly, CEO, Certiport. "Certification helps to prepare students for skilled, high-demand occupations and the scholarships encourages more students to get certified."

Scholarship applicants were required to be high school students who had earned credits in approved Kansas State Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. They achieved certification in at least one of the following: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Adobe Certified Associate (ACA), and/or Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³). In addition, they submitted an original essay on "The value of certification in helping students to become college and career ready upon graduation."

"Many people can say they know of Microsoft Word and Excel, but few can appreciate the full potential of these programs,"" said Ashley Peterson, student winner. "Thanks to Certiport, I can proudly say that I am one of those few."

The Certiport scholarship program in Kansas will continue in 2011-2012. Eligible students who have certified in at least one of the highlight programs are encouraged to participate.

About Certiport

Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the Adobe® Certified Expert program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program, and the IC³ Digital Literacy certification. Certiport reliably delivers over three million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in more than 148 countries and 27 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit or follow Certiport on Twitter at

"Certiport," "IC³" and "MeasureUp" are registered trademarks of Certiport, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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