Youth unemployment is rising. For educators, this begs the question: "How can I best equip students for a competitive hiring landscape?" For tech educators, the challenge may seem tougher, since they're dealing with such fast-evolving terrain.

Join us October 10th (8-9 A.M. Pacific Time) for our second webinar—“The skills gap in the technology workforce, and how educators can guide students toward a successful career—to get a holistic view of the situation. Our panel of experts will discuss worldwide trends in technology hiring and the value of training and certification in face of these trends. And they’ll zero in on ways that educators can counsel students toward success.

Unemployment Is Rising, but So Is Tech Hiring

The good news, amid rising unemployment, is that tech skills continue to be in demand. During our discussion we’ll look at global technology employment projections and what they mean for technology educators. Here’s a sampling:

Our Guest Speakers Have Their Fingers on the Pulse

Joining us for the webinar will be Maureen Majury, the Director of the Center for Excellence for Information and Computing, headquartered at Bellevue College. The Center for Excellence is an information resource and solutions-provider that promotes best practices for ICT education and training as well as K-20 faculty professional development.

Also joining us will be Peggy Hayes, Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) for Certiport. Peggy’s background includes 25 years of marketing management in high tech and online companies.

Maureen will draw from her extensive research on career opportunities for students in technology, and she'll share tips for educators on counseling students down a successful career path. We’ll look at some real-world examples of how Microsoft Certifications such as MOS and MTA are giving career-ready students a leg up into their first technology job and a competitive advantage, overall.

As always, everyone affiliated with an academic institution—IT Academy members and others—are invited to attend. We hope you’ll take a moment to register (if you haven’t already) and sign up for this valuable discussion on how you can guide students toward success.

By signing up, you’ll gain access not only to this live program, but to prerecorded webinars such as our September 2013 program, available on-demand. View the monthly webinar agenda to see what’s in store this academic year. It’s a full program!

Keith Loeber is the Director of the IT Academy Program for Microsoft Learning Experience. He and his team oversee the strategy, benefits, operations, and policies for the program. An 18-year Microsoft veteran, Keith has spent the last several years in education with the majority of his career focusing on training and certification.