InfoComm Signs Agreement with Downey Unified School District to Offer AV Education

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Oct. 12, 2016, Fairfax, VA — InfoComm International®, the trade association representing the commercial audiovisual industry worldwide, has signed an agreement with Downey Unified School District in Southern California to offer foundational AV coursework.

Downey Unified School District’s high school students will have access to InfoComm’s online course Essentials of AV Technology and the Recognized AV Technologist Certificate Program (RAVT) exam. Students will also have access to the Certified Technology Specialist™ online prep course.

Downey Unified School District, located 12 miles south of Los Angeles, serves about 22,500 students in grades K-12 and has an extensive adult education program. The district was recently named an Exemplar District by P21 Partnership for 21st Century Learning, a recognition for schools who are preparing students for college, career and life by embedding critical 21st-century competencies into the learning environment.

“After attending the InfoComm show in Las Vegas in June 2016 and learning about all the exciting career opportunities for our students in the audiovisual industry, we were eager to connect and partner with InfoComm,” said June Bayha, CEO of Bayha Group, an educational partner for Downey Unified School District. “We hope that students will learn about the audiovisual industry in general, as well as develop skills and competencies that are in high demand by local employers. Ultimately, we want to create courses that are pathways leading to high-wage, high-skill careers for all of our students.”

“Developing tomorrow’s AV workforce is a key focus for InfoComm and its foundation, the International Communications Industry Foundation (ICIF). We’re mindful that California represents some of the largest AV markets in North America and the AV industry needs more professionals who can become the next generation of AV innovators. We’re thrilled about the partnerships we’ve made with educational organizations around the world to expand AV education,” said Betsy Jaffe, Executive Director, ICIF, and Senior Vice President of Member Services, InfoComm International. “Young people are engaged with technology very early in life and now, with programs like this, they can envision a career focused in an exciting field.”

In 2016, InfoComm has built partnerships with Columbia College in Chicago, Valencia College in Orlando, Bogotá public schools in Colombia and other learning institutions to bring AV education into the classroom. For more information on the association’s workforce development, visit infocomm.org/icif.

About the International Communications Industries Foundation

The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) is a non-profit charitable and educational organization chartered to support the audiovisual communications industry, bringing manufacturers and dealers together to improve the industry through education and research. The foundation generates support from corporations, philanthropic foundations and government sources to improve and expand the educational programs of InfoComm International. More information is available at infocomm.org/icif.

About InfoComm International

InfoComm International® is the global trade association representing the commercial audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,400 members, representing over 70,000 AV professionals worldwide, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers in the Western Hemisphere. InfoComm also produces trade shows in China, Europe, India, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

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