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Watch the October 10th Webinar—“Guiding Students Toward a Successful Career”—On Demand

Did you miss the second webinar in our monthly series? No worries—watch it now, on demand.  Hosted by Keith Loeber, Director of Microsoft IT Academy, this hour-long discussion features special guests Peggy Hayes, Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) for Certiport, and Maureen Majury, Director of the Center for Excellence for Information and Computing, headquartered at Bellevue College. Keith and guests shared new research on technology career opportunities and recommendations on how educators can help propel students toward their first career. 

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Help Boost Student Success with Second Shot

Available now through June 30, 2014, the Second Shot exam offer allows students to retake a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam at no cost if they don’t pass the test the first time.

Second Shot is a prepaid voucher, limited to all MCP (073 series) exams. Second Shot is attached to all single exams and Volume Licensing. Offer expires June 30, 2014 for single Second Shot exams; the standard 12-month expiration applies for Volume Licensing. Get more details.

IT Academies in the News

Penn State IT Academy to Help Ease Professional Development Budget

Penn State has teamed up with Microsoft IT Academy to provide free e-learning courses to all university faculty, staff and students. The new online training enables faculty and staff across the university to obtain free vouchers to test for Microsoft certification. Penn State Director of ITS Training Services Chris Lucas calls IT Academy an extremely valuable resource “in a time when professional development budgets are a very real concern.” Read the article.

Rasmussen College School of Technology Allied with IT Academy

Rasmussen College School of Technology has also started an IT Academy and other technology career-prep programs. Together the new programs will provide access to more than 20 industry certifications as well as opportunities for faculty professional development and certification in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Read more.

Education News from Microsoft

Microsoft to Participate in EDUCAUSE: Anaheim, October 15-18

Microsoft will be at EDUCAUSE 2013, October 15-18, in Anaheim, California. Join us in Booth 1201 to try out some of our latest products, including Microsoft Surface, or come meet us at the following sessions.

  • A Hybrid Public-Private Cloud Strategy for Institutions
  • Advances in Devices, Cloud Services, and Data Analytics: High-Impact Opportunities for Education.

Learn more about EDUCAUSE.

Ontario’s Workforce Skills Gap Costing Billions

In Ontario, Canada, what workers do on the job doesn’t always match what they’re trained to do, and it’s costing the region and workers up to CA$4.1 billion in foregone GDP and $627 million in provincial tax revenues annually, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada.

The report lists critical thinking/problem solving and computer use among top skills needed to fill the workplace skills gap. And it calls information and network technology professional the third most difficult position to fill. Read more.

Q&A with Lucas Moffitt, Education Technologist

Lucas Moffitt is a Newcastle, Australia-based software developer who created Lesson Plan Manager, one of a series of connected apps designed to support educators. Lesson Plan Manager enables teachers to create fully customized lesson plans, share them with students and colleagues, and monitor lesson timing while data is synchronized to the cloud. Learn more about the app and Lucas’ perspectives on innovation in education on Anthony Salcito's “daily edventures” blog.

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