Welcome to the weekly update for IT Academy.

IT Academy Bridges the Skills Gap in Washington State


Microsoft IT Academy program plays a leading role in Washington State’s Career Technical Education program, and the results are making a huge impact in the lives and future careers of thousands of high school students.  Learn more from Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington, as he shares why IT Academy was a priority to him when he took office and how training and certification is making a difference across Washington State.



New & Improved MOS 2013 Exams

 IT Academy is excited to announce newly-updated Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification testing, designed to better prepare candidates’ skills for real-world experiences. Our new 2013 exams focus on project-based outcome testing, meaning that students are tasked with projects that they encounter on the job, such as creating a Word report, Excel spreadsheet, or PowerPoint presentation.

The new MOS 2013 exams for Word and Excel will be available worldwide starting this week.  Learn more about this change and explore the objectives for upcoming MOS 2013 exams.


Upcoming Events

Prepare Students for Careers in the Cloud—Register for the FREE Certified Career Day

Are your students prepared for an IT career in an increasingly cloud-centric world? Join cloud computing experts on March 12 for Certified Career Day, a special online event on the future of IT careers in the cloud, and what you and your students need to do now to “future proof” one’s career.

The event will kick off at 9:00am PST with a panel discussion on trends in cloud computing and career readiness, hosted by cloud industry experts, including Zeshan Sattar, curriculum manager at Pearson in Practice and IT Academy member. Don’t miss this very special opportunity to gain insight into the value of cloud computing training and certification.  

Space is limited—register today!


In Other Education News

North Carolina Student wins National  Technology Award

North Carolina was the first state to partner with IT Academy on a statewide basis and Melanie Llanos, a senior at Weaver Academy in North Carolina, has definitely benefitted from the partnership.  Melanie was recently awarded the National Center for Women and Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.  She will also be taking her Honors Network Administration 2 soon, which leads to Microsoft Technology Specialist (MTA) certification.

Learn more about Melanie’s achievements. 


Putting Teachers in Control with Office 365

Technology has changed how we consume information and this, in turn, has also transformed how we learn and teach.  Learn how the newest release of Office 365 for education helps bring educators and students together, enabling them to embrace the ever-increasing opportunities of the new era of digital learning. 


Inspiring Kids to Code

What happens when you put the minds of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg together?  Find out in this great video from CODE, a new effort promoting coding to kids that was featured in  Anthony’s Salcito’s blog.

Microsoft IT Academy program is a true believer in the impact that IT training and certification can make in the lives of students and we salute the spirit behind the creative video, Inspiring Kids to Code and the collaboration amongst world leaders, musicians and sports legends encouraging today’s students to become involved with coding and IT as a career path. 


Tell Us Your Story

How is Microsoft IT Academy changing the lives of your students?    Share your story with us!  As we grow the ITA community, we learn from each other and  encourage you to share experiences from your classroom—send us your school’s inspiring story with a brief write up, photos, or  videos. Simply drop us a line with your story and contact information to ITASuccessStories@microsoft.com.


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