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Three Microsoft IT Academy students to compete in international competition

Exciting news from a Microsoft IT Academy in Washington State! Three students from Kalama High School will compete at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship, a global competition taking place July 31-August 3 that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 

Kalama High School IT Academy global competition participants

Juniors Morgan VanRiper and James Willman, and sophomore Brady Harmon each took first place at a national competition for students in the Microsoft IT Academy.

The three students competed in the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda competition in Anaheim, Calif., in June. VanRiper placed first in Microsoft Word Expert, Willman in Excel and Harmon in PowerPoint. By placing first, the students will go to the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Washington, D.C.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a special guest post from Katherine Schmit, Business & Technology Instructor at Kalama High School. Katherine will share details about the school’s IT Academy program.

Congratulations to the student team, instructor Katherine Schmit, and Kalama High School students, parents and staff!

Read more from the Longview Daily News: “Kalama trio among nine in U.S. to compete in world computing contest." 

Infographic: Our Future Demands STEM

We recently shared with you a visual view of the skills gap in technology—the divide between the growing number of IT roles requiring cloud computing skills, and the lack of “cloud ready” IT professionals.

This trend isn’t limited to the IT field:  the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million job openings in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related occupations by 2018; yet there will be a significant shortage of qualified college graduates to fill these careers.

On the Daily edventures blog, Microsoft Vice President of Worldwide Education, spotlights a new infographic that compiles the latest data on STEM learning in early education and explores the importance of working to make technology available to students through programs like Microsoft IT Academy.

Click to view or download the infographic.

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Do you have a success story about one of your IT Academy students?  Have IT Academy resources enabled you to provide more in the classroom? Share your story and best practices in a brief email with photos and your contact information to ITASuccessStories@microsoft.com.

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