World Teachers’ Day Inspires Company to Donate Career Planning System to School onboard World’s Largest Civilian Hospital Ship

Oct. 5, 2014 – Garden Valley, TX Kuder, Inc. (Kuder), a leading provider of evidenced-based assessment, education planning, and career guidance tools and resources, is serving as a corporate partner to Mercy Ships, an international charity that uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building, and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world.

Kuder is providing support to the organization’s school, Mercy Ships Academy, onboard the Africa Mercy, by donating access to its signature online platform, the Kuder® Career Planning System™ (KCPS), and Direct Your Future (DYF), a classroom curriculum designed to complement the system’s module for secondary students.

The KCPS is the solution of choice for identifying interests, exploring options, and planning for career success. It combines research-based assessments with portfolio development, comprehensive education and career exploration capabilities, and flexible database management for administrators. Mercy Ships Academy currently serves 55 students in grades pre-K through 12. The Academy serves children of the ship’s 400 volunteer professionals hailing from more than 40 nations.

“Preparing our students for the future is critical for our K-12 school located on the world’s largest civilian hospital ship,” said Brian Blackburn, Mercy Ships Academy Chief Administrator. “While the Mercy Ships Academy offers a very unique learning experience, it also has limited staff and space. Our students do not always have the same college and career guidance opportunities that a land-based school might have. The KCPS opens students’ eyes to options they may never have imagined and helps steer the course of their futures.”

“We’re thrilled to contribute to the success of Mercy Ships Academy with a fun, interactive online platform where students can identify their interests, explore options, and plan for career success,” said Kuder President Phil Harrington.

On this World Teachers’ Day, Mercy Ships Academy is seeking qualified volunteer teachers to provide high-quality education to the children who call Mercy Ships their home. To view available Academy positions, visit




ABOUT MERCY SHIPS:  Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, treating more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 40 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. Learn more about who we are.


For More Information:

Contact: Laura Rebouche ́
U.S. National Media Relations Director Mercy Ships
Office:+1 903.939.7000
Direct:+1 903.939.7127

For Int’l: Diane Rickard
International Media Relations Manager Mercy Ships

Hi-res photos and general Mercy Ships B-Roll video footage are available upon request.