Welcome to the weekly IT Academy update for the week of December 10th. We're sharing an update on Alabama's statewide IT Academy program, in addition to education news from Microsoft in Education and Partners in Learning. 

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New Alabama Microsoft IT Academy Program Shows Early Success

In November, the Alabama Department of Education announced a pilot IT Academy program that gives students the opportunity to earn professional technology credentials before graduating from high school. Talladega's The Daily Home newspaper profiled one of the participating schools, Pell City High School, and reported on early successes in the program. 

Douglas Campbell, superintendent of the Talladega City school system, said: “This program allows our students to keep pace with changing technology and curriculum demands through rich online resources, assist educators with professional development opportunities, and links academic learning to real-world technology skills required by today’s job market,” he said.

Campbell said through the Microsoft IT Academy, the Talladega City School’s Career Tech Center has access to e-learning courses, e-reference library, with more than 120 titles from Microsoft Press, special discount pricing on vouchers for Microsoft Office Specialist Exams and other certification exams, numerous lesson plans and marketing resources.

“Through the IT Academy, the Talladega City School’s Career Technical Center Program has received up to 35 licenses of Microsoft Office 2010, access to over 1,500 e-learning courses, access to the e-reference library, lesson plans and project activities, supplemental resources, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) practice tests to assist with credentialing, and MOS test vouchers,” he said. “The educational value of the IT Academy is approximately $50,000 with no direct cost to Phase I pilot participants.

The State plans to expand the Microsoft IT Academy statewide for the 2013-2014. 

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