SpaceTEC and RWD Technologies Unveil National Online Aerospace Technician Certification Examinations

SpaceTEC Executive Director, Dr. Al Koller, stands in front of a liquid rocket engine at the Kennedy Space Center's Rocket Garden.(Photo: Business Wire)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION & BALTIMORE--()--Sept. 20, 2004--SpaceTEC(R) and RWD Technologies announced today that they will support the continuing needs of the aerospace industry by offering the first online certification program designed to qualify and test individuals as certified aerospace technicians. SpaceTEC is the focal point for aerospace-related technical education resources and provides professional development services for faculty, students, and aerospace employees.

SpaceTEC and RWD are implementing technical education certification examinations for aerospace technicians. The core skills certification exams will be administered at proctored testing centers at SpaceTEC's partner community colleges within Alabama, Florida, California, Mississippi, Ohio, and Virginia. To achieve certification status, candidates must meet prerequisites, obtain a voucher through SpaceTEC, and successfully pass four exams: two online exams and two oral/hands-on exams conducted by authorized SpaceTEC Examiners (STEs). Certified candidates will receive a nationally recognized certificate.

The exams are administered by RWD's CertificationNet(R), an online testing infrastructure that provides online registration, payment, test delivery, testing and immediate pass-fail results reporting. It is used globally by a number of Fortune 1000 companies for training, testing and certification for employees, channel partners and customers. CertificationNet offers low- and medium-stakes testing, as well as high-stakes testing in a proctored environment. For more information, visit the website at http://spacetec.certification.net.

Dr. Al Koller, executive director, SpaceTEC, said, "We are pleased to be working with RWD to offer the first online certification programs for aerospace technicians on a national level. After evaluating all of the available solutions, we chose RWD's CertificationNet because it is a turn-key program that matched our requirements. With RWD's CertificationNet, SpaceTEC can offer online testing from several locations. This program is a step toward providing a more professional status for aerospace technicians, and based on our successful implementation, we are looking forward to expanding our online certification program."

Beth Ann Pelegan, division director, Applied Technology Solutions, RWD Technologies, said, "RWD Technologies is proud to be helping SpaceTEC continue their work in providing the first nationwide training and certification programs for aerospace technicians. We are pleased to provide the online examination platform for SpaceTEC using CertificationNet and look forward to expanding this program in the future."

About SpaceTEC

In 2002, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $3 million grant to establish the National Aerospace Technical Education Center (SpaceTEC) based at Brevard Community College (Cocoa, Florida) and housed in facilities at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In addition to the programs at Brevard Community College, other partner institutions include Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, CA); Antelope Valley College (Lancaster, CA); Calhoun Community College (Decatur, AL); Community College of the Air Force (Montgomery, AL); Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH); Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona, FL and Prescott, AZ); Palm Beach Community College (Lake Worth, FL); Pearl River Community College (Poplarville, MS); Prince George's Community College (Largo, MD); San Jacinto College District (Pasadena, TX); and Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton, VA).

The twelve member colleges participating in this initiative are affiliated with NASA Centers or Department of Defense locations. Collectively, they enroll over 400,000 students annually and are located in areas with a high concentration of aerospace companies employing over 250,000 technicians and aerospace specialists. Information about SpaceTEC can be found at the Web site, www.spacetec.org or by calling the SpaceTEC Executive Office at (321) 730-1020.

About RWD Technologies, Inc.

RWD Technologies is a professional services organization composed of three operational divisions: Applied Technology Solutions integrates disparate software systems, and develops custom applications for pharmaceutical and other regulated industries, with a specialization in global blended eLearning solutions; Performance Solutions engages in lean consulting and vehicle launch support services to the automotive industry and reliability improvement to the railroad industry, and human performance improvement services to the petroleum and chemical industries; and Enterprise Systems provides support services to organizations that utilize SAP, PeopleSoft, and Oracle systems and has developed software products to train end users of these systems. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Japan and Australia, RWD serves major multinational corporations throughout the world. For more information, visit: www.rwd.com.

Copyright (C) 2004 RWD Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved.

RWD, RWD Technologies, RWD Technologies, Inc., Applied Technology Solutions, and CertificationNet are trademarks of RWD Technologies, Inc. in the United States and several other countries. All other products and names are or may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Contacts

RWD Technologies, Inc.
Company Contact:
Karen Warner, 321-452-8830
dhood@rwd.com
or
Press Contact:
Demaree Public Relations
Rachel Hunt, 240-686-1000 ext. 105
rhunt@demaree-pr.com
or
SpaceTEC
Janet Martin, 256-306-2561
jkm@calhoun.edu

Contacts

RWD Technologies, Inc.
Company Contact:
Karen Warner, 321-452-8830
dhood@rwd.com
or
Press Contact:
Demaree Public Relations
Rachel Hunt, 240-686-1000 ext. 105
rhunt@demaree-pr.com
or
SpaceTEC
Janet Martin, 256-306-2561
jkm@calhoun.edu