Welcome to the weekly IT Academy update for the week ending January 18. 

This Week at IT Academy

Galileo High School’s IT Academy pilot program shows positive results

The Danville Register & Bee, the local newspaper serving Danville, Virginia and surrounding communities, reported this week on the successful IT Academy program at Galileo High School, one of 30 Virginia public schools chosen to run IT Academy pilot programs. The school district aims to increase students' technological skills and certifications. Technology instructor Joyce Culley taught the ITA class last year and encourages students to sign up: "It's beneficial because it's not just putting kids out on the street with no experience," said Culley. "It's definitely something to put on their resume."

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ITA offers free eLearning for wounded veterans

The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center is using IT Academy curriculum to help disabled and wounded American veterans gain hand-on skills and experience needed to enter the technology field. The program is made available by disABLEDperson, Inc. through its job board, Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans. 

Education News from Microsoft

Microsoft Virtual Academy is hosting a series of free of live online training events focused on cloud computing. Jump Start courses are a great way to find out about new Microsoft tools and novel ways Microsoft products are being used in the industry.  The first course of three in this series of will focus on Hyper-V in the Windows Server 2012 on January 24, 2013, 8:00am-5:00pm PST. Register for the free course here.

Announcing Microsoft EduTech Family Summits

The Microsoft Education Team is excited to host the EduTech Family Summit on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in Boston, MA. Keynote speaker, Victor Ortiz—a protégée of Oscar de La Hoya and one of the brightest stars in boxing today--will speak to students, educators and community leaders on this year’s theme: Achieve. EduTech Family Summits encourage families, students, and educators to explore how technology can enhance learning and prepare students for higher education and career opportunities.  Register now for the the event. 

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