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May 11, 2006 Spring 2006 Educator   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1  
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Skyward crosses international borders

Skyward's VP of  New Business, Kevin McFerrin, takes footage of the outdoor computer systems at the American Embassy School in New Dehli, India



Students at the school dress up in celebration of United Nations Day




The staff of the American Embassy School
Skyward is happy to welcome the American Embassy School (AES) in New Delhi, India, to its family of software users. AES is the first international district to implement Skyward’s software, and our employees are very excited about the opportunity to serve an international customer.

The American Embassy School (AES) district has approximately 1,150 students in grades K-12. While 30 percent of the student population is American, the entire student body represents more than 46 nationalities. The school campus is centrally located between business, artistic and diplomatic communities in New Delhi, providing the students with a wide range of additional learning opportunities.

“Skyward is constantly looking for new market opportunities and international school districts are an area that we were looking to develop,” said Kevin McFerrin, Vice President of New Business for Skyward. “This opportunity was right in line with our growth strategy and we are pleased to be working with the American Embassy School to help them give their students the best experience possible.”

The entire process was initiated over a year ago when Barb Dow, Director of Technology at the American Embassy School, heard about Skyward from a retired teacher attending a conference in Cairo, Egypt. The former teacher from Stillwater, MN had great things to say about Skyward’s software package, which prompted Barb to conduct further research on the company and explore the possibility of Skyward adding an international customer.

Representatives from the school visited Skyward’s corporate office in Stevens Point, WI, to gain a better understanding of the software and its capabilities. They also observed an on-site demonstration at the Wayzata School District in Minnesota to see the software in action.

One of the challenges of deploying the application at the American Embassy School was the requirement of dual currencies. Thanks to the flexibility inherent in the Skyward application, and an eager programming team, Skyward is planning for the system to be fully compliant with the American Embassy School’s request by summer of 2006.

“This is a great first step in the development of international business for our company,” stated McFerrin. “We plan to use the American Embassy School as an example for other international schools, and to showcase our global capabilities.”

Skyward sent a group of trainers to the AES on Feb. 23rd to begin the installation process. While there, they had the opportunity to experience the Indian culture and visit landmarks such as the Taj Mahal.   

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