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High School Career Academy student publishes app to Apple Store

andy lambertMarch 5, 2014


Ashley Coleman, a Colby High School senior attending Northwest Tech’s Career Academy, published an app in the Apple Store after one semester of instruction in the Mobile Application and Entertainment Development program.


Colby’s Ashley Coleman


The app is called Memory Squared and is currently optimized for the iPhone. It is a memory game where the user is presented with a pattern that they must repeat, similar to the Simon Says game.  The game can be viewed in the App Store and downloaded from


“The Career Academy courses have been challenging and rewarding,” said Ashley. Students in the Career Academy, like Ashley, complete technical coursework primarily online in a monitored lab at Colby High School and travel to Northwest Tech twice a month to meet with Northwest Tech instructors. Students earn both high school and college credit. The hybrid Career Academy courses are offered tuition free to Kansas high school students as a result of Senate Bill 155 state funding to promote career and technical education and credential attainment.


“The Career Academy students are eager and willing to learn,” commented Andrew Strange, the Mobile Application and Entertainment Development instructor at Northwest Tech responsible for teaching the hybrid courses to Career Academy students. “Ashley is a talented young man with an excellent grasp of software design.  He is motivated and dedicated and will go far.”


Career Academy courses offered through Northwest Tech are available tuition free to all Kansas High School students. The Mobile Application and Entertainment Development program is a particularly unique program to the state, both in content and because the tuition-free courses can be made completely available online for high school students unable to travel to the Northwest Tech campus on a regular basis.


Additionally, hybrid courses are available in Computer Graphics, Engineering Technology, Electrical Technology, and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R). Northwest Tech is expanding the Career Academy courses to Goodland High School and other area high schools in the 2014-2015 academic year. For more information about technical education, Senate Bill 155, and Northwest Tech’s Career Academy, contact your high school counselor.

Press release via Northwest Tech




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