Welcome to our weekly round-up of news, events and opportunities for IT Academy members.
Three Reasons to Register for the May 23rd IT Academy Webinar
The monthly IT Academy webinar is one of the best ways to keep up with program updates and new opportunities for members. Why should you register today for the May session?
1. It’ll help you prepare for the 2014 academic year. As the last webinar of the 2012-3 academic session, we’ll brief you on the program roadmap for the coming year—critical information you need to optimize your curriculum next year.
2. You’ll gain valuable insight into the program. The member webinars are led by the Microsoft technology and academic team developing new technology courses and learning tools—find out more about our approach and how we’re innovating tools and resources to help your students succeed.
3. Connect with the community. We’ll share how to interact with the member community, helping you discover the ways IT Academies set up students for success around the globe. Tune in for details.
The May IT Academy webinar is scheduled for May 23rd from 8-9am PST. Register today using your IT Academy ID.
April 25th IT Academy Webinar Now Available On Demand
This month’s Microsoft IT Academy webinar, Best Practices from IT Academy Members around the World, is now available on demand with your IT Academy ID. The webinar showcases unique concepts coming out of the UK just in time for summer school planning, as well as an inspirational story from a business teacher who helped a high school student gain broad recognition for skills achieved through the IT Academy program.
IT Academy News
Video: Microsoft Director of Global IT Academy Visits La Salle College High School
The IT Academy program at La Salle College High School (Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania) pushes the boundaries of innovation on the high school level. Last year, the Student Lab Manager Program was chosen by Microsoft as one of the 100 most innovative technological programs in the United States; and the programs enjoys a high success rate of students certified in Microsoft Server technologies. Keith Loeber, Director of IT Academy, visited the school in mid-April to catch up on the program and share his impressions.
New IT Academies Around the World
Institutions across the globe announced new or forthcoming IT Academies in the last week:
Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia, USA). This week, Microsoft and Morehouse College launched the YouthSpark Atlanta program, which will offer free IT skills training to students and educators in Atlanta. The program includes the creation of a Microsoft IT Academy, an Innovation Lab, campus recruitment and leadership training. Learn how the initiative aims to inspire Atlanta-area students to explore careers in technology and business.
Rockdale County Public Schools (Georgia, USA). In the state of Georgia, more than 8,000 open, unfilled jobs require Microsoft technology skills. Rockdale County Public Schools has launched the Microsoft IT Academy in each of its high schools to provide students the opportunity to earn industry recognized credentials before graduating. This program is available to all students in Rockdale County through a partnership with the Georgia Department of Education and Microsoft.
Portage Township Schools (Indiana, USA). The Portgage, Indiana, school district plans to expand technical offerings to high school and middle school districts later this year, providing students with IT Academy training and Microsoft Office Specialist certification. The program will be offered as a dual credit program with Ivy Tech Community College.
Armenian Education Ministry. Microsoft and the Armenian Education and Science Ministry signed an agreement this week to expand the use of Microsoft technologies and programs—including IT Academy—in Armenian universities.
Birkenhead Sixth Form College (Merseyside, England). The prominent college in England’s Wirral district, Birkenhead Sixth Form College will offer students and the community critical technology training and Microsoft Office Specialist certification, with options to study at home.
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