Microsoft helps to launch student IT academy in Alabama

Microsoft apparently sees a need for more and better IT workers. This week, the company announced a new partnership with the Alabama Department of Education to help teach more high school students about computer technology.

In a press release, Microsoft announced it would help launch the Alabama Microsoft IT Academy Program, which begins with one student from each of Alabama's school systems selected to participate.  The students that join the academy will be able to earn official certifications in using Microsoft software products such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint. More students will be picked to join the academy in the next school year.

The picture above shows Alabama Governor Robert Bentley talking with some of the students that were picked for the new IT academy.

The press release states:

The Microsoft IT Academy Program will provide participating local school systems with access to Web-based instruction, software lab licenses, e-learning and official course materials. Course topics will range from computer basics to high-level programming and database management. Students will get hands-on experience with the latest Microsoft software and e-learning resources. This program will also allow students to earn professional-level workplace credentials and technology skills before they graduate from high school.

This is the seventh state in the United States that has teamed up with Microsoft to launch a student IT academy.

Source: Microsoft press release | Image via Microsoft

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Edrick Smith said,
Looks like the school could use some upgrades, is that a CRT on a cart i see in the background?
yup. hey my school is like poorer than poor. we use XP for almost every computer except for the media center which has 3 low cost iMac (2011) 23 inches and 1 27 inch 2011. it is sad. there are like 2 smartboards in the entire school. compare that to a private school which have windows 7 and smartboards in 90% of classrooms and use more upscale iMacs or high power desktops

This is great! I'd love to see a nation-wide push for more IT education! Good job, Microsoft

There are far too many brainless teens and young adults these days who don't know two things about the devices they use every hour of their lives.

This is totally why I took on a full physics curriculum at school. For too long I ignorantly believed I had the right to use a microwave oven without understanding anything about how it functioned.