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Record Number: 7520
Displayed from: May 04, 2011 , until: Jul 04, 2011
Two dozen students from Anthis Career Center are now certified to be 911 operators after passing the 911 Telecommunication Exam. Instructors with the Anthis Criminal Justice program have been working with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Consolidated Communication Partnership, which oversees the City-County 911 Dispatch Center, to teach students about the 911 system. Students were taught using the national standards set by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials. Students spent several months using 911 simulators and working with city and county officials to prepare for the exam, which provides the certification needed to become a 911 dispatcher. As many as eight students may now be chosen to shadow City-County Dispatch employees. "Our goal at Anthis Career Center is to prepare students for the real world," Anthis Assistant Principal Bob Roebuck said. "Adding 911 training to our Criminal Justice program gives our students one more tool they can use as they pursue careers in criminal justice. By earning this certification while they are still in high school, it gives them an avenue to earn income as they continue their education." This was the first year the 911 training was offered to students. At the end of April, 24 students took the telecommunication exam with all 24 passing. The program will continue next year following this year's success.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.