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Kings Partners with UC School of Information Technology

Posted on: December 11, 2017
Kings Superintendent, Tim Ackermann with University of Cincinnati Dean of Education, Larry Johnson

The Kings Local School District has recently entered into an agreement with the University of Cincinnati School of Information Technology.  This agreement will give Kings High School students the opportunity to complete the first year of the UC  Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree while still in high school.

Completion of the Information Technology high school program and the associated required college-level academic courses with a C or above would allow students to be automatically accepted as a sophomore into the UC School of Information Technology. Students would also be immediately eligible to participate in the UC co-op program, which is a paid work experience. Additionally, by freeing up the first year of college while in high school, these students have an opportunity to graduate with a Masters Degree in just 4 years after high school.

“This agreement not only saves money for our students by allowing them to complete their first year of college while still in high school,  it will also save time as they have an opportunity to earn a Masters degree in the time that most students only receive an undergraduate degree,” Kings Superintendent, Tim Ackermann said.

The partnership also applies to students from other Warren County school districts such as the Warren County Career Center, Little Miami, Lebanon, and Springboro.

The University of Cincinnati School of Information Technology has been looking for ways to extend their initiative to grow the information technology talent pool. Larry Johnson, Dean of the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services said, “There are 2,000 unfilled IT jobs in this region.” Kings is joining 22 other school districts to offer this program.

The Kings District is always looking for ways to relate, create, and innovate. This new partnership is just another example of relationship building and giving our students more opportunities to use their creativity and be innovative. “We are thrilled to be partnering with UC to offer this program to our students. IT is one of the fastest growing fields in the industry and the program will give more opportunities for students in the information technology careers,” said Ackermann.

On Monday, December 11 Kings Superintendent joined the superintendents from the Warren County Career Center, Little Miami, Lebanon, and Springboro to sign the official paperwork with Larry Johnson, University of Cincinnati Dean of the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.