Jennifer Renne, Modeling & Simulation Instructor at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, becomes the 30th teacher in the nation to have the M&S certification credential. She is the first high school teacher from Virginia to pass the National Center for Simulation M&S certification examination.

Ms. Renne graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Technology Education from SUNY Oswego and earned her master’s degree in Integrative STEM Education from Virginia Tech. She has been teaching for 8 years in Virginia and for the past 6 at Landstown High School, Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy. Jennifer has been the lead teacher for the M&S pathway for the past 4 years at Landstown High School. With the M&S Certification, she can encourage students to become certified and pursue careers in the simulation industry.

Achieving this level of competence by high school students enables them to qualify for internships and entry level positions in our industry. To date, there are 352 Florida students M&S Certified. Companies who have hired these talented students include Simetri, Inc., Cole Engineering, Dignitas Technologies and Cubic Corporation.

NCS is working with VMASC/ODU in the Tidewater area to establish a relationship with Landstown HS so that M&S companies and government organizations can open their doors for student tours, guest lecturing, mentoring and eventually jobs.

Beyond Florida and Virginia, the vision is to bring M&S to high schools in Alabama, Ohio and other areas having high simulation activity. We are in contact with the Alabama Modeling & Simulation Council (AMSC) where they expressed interest in the STEM/M&S Certification program. A petition to the State of Ohio went forward to add M&S to their state industry credentials.

Further information on the NCS M&S Certification Program can be found on the NCS website:

Contact Hank Okraski ( for additional information.