LUBBOCK, Texas (June 27, 2017) – As educators seek to prepare students with 21st-century skills to enter the modern workforce, Career and Technical Education (CTE) is quickly adapting to meet their needs. CEV Multimedia, the leading producer of CTE curriculum resources, announces that students earned more than 5,000 industry-valued certifications in the 2016-17 school year through the iCEV testing platform.

The number of earned certifications on iCEV increased by 190 percent from the 2015-16 school year, affirming the value and demand of industry collaboration. CEV Multimedia partnered with key industry stakeholders to host certifications designed to validate the skills of students to future employers and educational institutions.

“The requirements to enter the workforce are changing and CTE has adapted to ensure students are ready for new and emerging career fields,” said Dusty Moore, president of iCEV. “Industry certifications play an important role in preparing our future workforce as they provide students with an advantage in gaining employment while also providing validation of a student’s qualifications to potential employers.  Earning an industry certification proves a student has mastered particular skills that employers find valuable.”

The vast number of student certifications spans 197 school districts nationwide, representing an increase in the number of districts participating by 112 percent since the 2015-16 school year. Data also indicates the long-term increase and commitment of districts to offer and encourage students to earn certifications year over year.

The growth of certifications and district participation is coupled with the increase of educator and student CTE participation overall. Across the entire iCEV program, students have viewed more than 7.3 million minutes of video-based lessons and have answered more than 35 million assessment questions during the 2016-17 school year. iCEV’s offerings extend far beyond industry certifications by delivering on-demand learning with customized playlists, instant video streaming, online testing and grading and continuous additions to its content library.

During the 2016-17 school year, the most popular industry certifications were the Southwest Airlines Professional Communications certification, the Benz School of Floral Design Principles of Floral Design certification and the Elanco Veterinary Medical Applications Certification. The states earning the most certifications through iCEV are California, Texas and Kentucky.

For more information on the industry certifications hosted on the iCEV testing platform, please visit www.icevonline.com/certificaitons.



About iCEV

Since 1984, iCEV has specialized in providing quality CTE curriculum and educational resources. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students, offering curriculum for several major subject areas, including agricultural science, trade & industrial education, business & marketing, career exploration, family & consumer science, health science, law enforcement and STEM education. Additionally, iCEV acts as a certification testing platform for industry certifications. Leading companies and organizations utilize iCEV as the testing platform for their certifications. For more information, visit www.icevonline.com.