Moore Solutions, Inc. began in 1996 as a licensed postsecondary school to target the technology-based training needs of business and industry. MSi has provided instruction and developed courseware since 1996, and has prepared thousands of students and members of the workforce to earn industry certifications in a range of technical applications.
One of the challenges for Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers is to walk two paths simultaneously. The Florida Department of Education requires specific coursework, standards and testing of all students in order for them to graduate from high school with a diploma.
At the same time, students who are taking classes under the Career and Technical Education criteria may be taking a course or two as an elective to round out their education or, very often, they are taking the courses to gain certification in specialized areas.
This challenge created an opportunity and Moore Solutions, Inc. of Port St. Lucie is meeting this challenge with its co-founder, Terrance Moore, who started the company with his wife, L. Jayne Moore, in 1996.
“When we moved from New York to Florida we wanted to build websites for people. But no one knew what we were talking about,” Moore said. “My wife, who worked for computer training schools, suggested we have a class that showed what the Internet was and what it could do so people would have a better understanding.”
As a result, the couple became state licensed as a career school and kept growing the business as a school. “Then, in 2007, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) put out a directive called CAPE (Career and Professional Education), and the DOE wanted schools to offer industry certifications for students. They had college prep courses, but not courses that were important to the industry,”
Mr. Moore then went to various industry contacts to see what their requirements were, and began writing textbooks for school districts. “We were marrying the Department of Education requirements and what the industry wanted those who were certified to know”.
Students would have high school credit for a class, say in software, but at the same time you are teaching the necessary information for the students to take the certification exam, in Microsoft, for example the certification exam is the same for adults and high school students, so you don’t dumb down the material.
As a result, Moore Solutions, Inc. offers several products. It provides Professional Development training and industry certification testing for teachers. The company offers an instructor package with the tools, training and support so they can be successful in training the students who want to get an industry certification.
The advantage we have is that our team of curriculum developers and subject matter experts review the education and industry requirements and make sure they are up-to-date.