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“It’s important to get young people exposed to programming early in their academic careers,” said Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart, VP of Technology at Progress Software. “We are impressed with National Academy Foundation and the local Apex High School’s AOIT program. By the end of their first semester of ninth grade, the AOIT students are beginning to earn professional certifications. Progress Software is proud to host our first app development challenge. Who knows—we could be glimpsing the next technology breakthrough.”
The Progress Software AOIT App Development Challenge will be held from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm at 3005 Carrington Mills Blvd, Suite 400, Morrisville NC 27560. Thanks to SAS and IBM, all 30 competitors will have his or her own laptop to use for the day. Students will compete for prizes and publish their results to the app store.
“The academy is constantly looking to connect its students with the business community,” said John Evans, the AOIT Director. “Critical thinking experiences like this expose them to the latest technology and simulate the workplace.”
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The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) started at Apex High School in 2001, and is one of 15 Career Academies in the Wake County Public School System affiliated with the National Academy Foundation (NAF). While the NAF Academy model inspires students and teachers to greater success, the Academies are bridges between corporate America and local communities. The NAF model works by bringing business people into the public schools and introducing youth to the world of business. Through the Academies, educators and business people are partners for investing in and developing America’s youth. The Apex High School AOIT program was recognized in 2013 as the number one NAF academy in the nation.
AOIT provides students with a rigorous academic curriculum, while exposing them to the varied career paths and opportunities available in the information technology industry. Students engage in a rigorous, project-based learning curriculum focused on providing transferable skills and exposure to the dynamic IT field.
Since 1981, Progress Software has been committed to delivering market-leading technology innovations that empower its partners and customers to dramatically improve the development, deployment, integration and management of its business applications. Its technology is used by nearly 140,000 organizations in over 180 countries.