As the world of business technology starts a new year, there’s little doubt that cloud computing will dominate the conversation—not just among IT and business professionals, but at educational institutions as well. As reported before the holidays, global businesses are adopting cloud technologies so rapidly that hiring managers are struggling to fill cloud-related jobs with qualified candidates. With IT hiring managers citing lack of training, certification and experience as the top reasons cloud positions remain unfilled, IT Academy members are in a critical position to help prepare the cloud-skilled professionals of tomorrow.  

MTA Certification: Helping to Bridge the IT Cloud Skills Gap
 
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) training and certification is a comprehensive way to start your students on the path to a cloud career. It’s easy to implement at your institution—all MTA Courseware, Exam Review Kits, Student Study Guides and getting started guidance are included in your IT Academy benefits.
MTA is comprised of three tracks: 

  • IT infrastructure track—for those intending to build a career in desktop or server infrastructure or private cloud computing. This track offers faculty-ready entry-level classroom training in Networking, Security, Windows Operating System and Windows Server. These topics are the cornerstone for all infrastructure learning beyond the basics.

  • MTA database track—for those intending to build a career in data platform administration or business intelligence.

  • MTA development track—for those intending to build a career as a software developer, MTA offers skills development in seven software development topics, so your students are prepared for Windows, Web, Phone, Game Development, and more!

Once students are well versed in the basics, they can begin preparing for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD).

Microsoft-certified, without leaving campus

When you purchase an MTA Campus License you can optimize your student offering by including the official MTA certification exam in your curriculum, saving faculty valuable time and offering students a Microsoft certification right in the classroom. And because the MTA Campus License is not tied to a specific classroom or department, you can make MTA exams available to business students (or any student on campus), enriching their diploma or degree with an industry certification validating their core understanding of technology and how IT impacts business. 
Learn more about MTA in Microsoft IT Academy. If you are not a Microsoft IT Academy, learn more here