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Learner launches IT career at Vision Charter Academy

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Photo submitted Vision Charter Academy learner Phillip Scheetz works at his summer internship for the City of Montrose after completing A+ certification.

Phillip Scheetz, who will begin his sophomore year as a Vision Charter Academy learner, launched his information technology career by earning his Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ certification in May. A CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard in the information technology industry that proves to future employers the certificate holder is qualified to perform computer software and hardware technical support as well as troubleshoot networking and security issues within operating systems such as Apple, Android and Windows.

Scheetz was able to earn high school credit for this certification as a freshman. He studied the materials needed to pass two college level tests to earn his certification. He was also able to gain employment as the information technology summer intern for the City of Montrose and is enjoying his continued training this summer. Scheetz says, "It's fantastic to be able to go to a high school that allows me to pursue my interest in computers and prepare me for college."

Learners at Vision Charter Academy develop individual learning plans to help them follow their dreams. Vision Charter Academy works with learners and their families to support classes at home, in the community with approved business vendors, and at one of VCA's three campuses in Delta, Cedaredge and Paonia. Kindergarten through 12th grade classes will be offered, following an expeditionary learning model, at the Delta and Surface Creek (Cedaredge) campuses.

"We are really proud of Phillip. He is a dedicated learner and the City of Montrose is fortunate to have him as an intern. I know Phillip will be successful in pursuing his dreams which also include a passion for photography," said executive director Teri Kinkade. Vision Charter Academy is now enrolling and as a public charter school serves Delta and adjacent counties. Students from Delta, Montrose, Mesa and Gunnison counties may enroll. For more information and to apply for enrollment, go to www.visioncharteracademy.org.

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