North Carolina and Microsoft announced yesterday that North Carolina will be the first state in the nation to implement the Microsoft IT Academy Program at all public high schools throughout the state.
The program provides students with real-world technology skills they need to be successful in college. The hope is that these skills will prepare them for the demands of future careers as well.
According to Microsoft, IT Academy offers the following:
-The latest Microsoft software for labs, classrooms, and PCs used by students
-Access to a wide range of Microsoft E-Learning courses and the Instructor Learning Management System (LMS) to help track and monitor student progress
-Discounts on official courseware that is available to academic institutions only
-E-Reference Libraries that offer instant access to more than 500 Microsoft Press books online
-TechNet, which provides a wealth of resources for teachers seeking to expand their professional development and students mastering IT professional concepts and skills
-Marketing tools to promote the association with the Microsoft brand and official certifications