Member Success Stories
Member institutions are using Microsoft IT Academy Program resources to cut costs, improve employability among graduates, train faculty and staff, stay current on cutting edge software, and more.
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See how Dunbar High School is embracing technology by offering the Microsoft IT Academy Program and Microsoft certifications to its students. Students are earning certifications, gaining real-world experience, and embarking on careers with major corporations.
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Training resources from the Microsoft IT Academy Program helped students and educators at the City of Ely Community College accrue ICT certifications and gain a competitive edge.
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The dean of Conalep Nuevo León technical college and the IT Academy Program administrator describe how the Microsoft IT Academy Program has benefited students by helping them acquire the skills they need in today’s job market.
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At Red Rocks Community College in Denver, Colorado, students participating in the Microsoft IT Academy Program are earning certifications, gaining real-world experience, and preparing to embark on careers with major corporations.
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At Chislehurst & Sidcup in London, England, students participating in the Microsoft IT Academy Program are earning certifications, gaining real-world experience, and preparing to embark on careers with major corporations.
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At the University of West of Scotland in England, students learn about real-world topics that are critical to employers through the Microsoft Official Curriculum, professional courseware that is available through the Microsoft IT Academy Program.
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At the Tennessee Technology Center, students expand their knowledge of Microsoft technologies and acquire real-world skills by using the Microsoft Official Academic Course series, a best-selling textbook series that is available through the Microsoft IT Academy Program.
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“The Microsoft IT Academy Program made materials, support, and resources affordable. This enabled us to include Microsoft training and certification, which is highly sought after by employers.”
George Anderson, Managing Director, Zenos
“The E-Learning element of Microsoft IT Academy has been great because it helps us create a flexible learning environment for students.”
Ronald Bryant, Statewide ATTAIN Coordinator, SUNY
“The Microsoft IT Academy is an incredible platform of resources that we can provide to the community colleges to meet an enormous need.”
Bill Doherty, Director, @ONE Project
“Students who earned a Microsoft Office Specialist certification, and who are now working in local industry, say that their technology skills really helped them to find good jobs.”
Dr. Michael Hänle, Professor of Economics and Tourism, Hochschule Kempten
“The Microsoft IT Academy Program is an excellent resource that provides the support and vision this program needed to get started.”
Jana Hambruch, Director, Academy for Technical Excellence, Dunbar High School
“Microsoft Certification opens the door to employment. It gives us a way to prove that our students know the skills that the job requires. It takes the risk factor away from the employer.”
George Anderson, Managing Director, Zenos
“I believe that our partnership with Microsoft Malaysia for the Microsoft IT Academy Program will enhance the ability of our public institutions of higher learning to produce a knowledge workforce ready for the innovation economy.”
Y.B. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled bin Nordin, Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia
“Box Hill Institute believes strongly in Microsoft certification for skills for employability. We see it as a great addition to our vocationally focused programs, as well as a way to differentiate ourselves in the training market.”
Simon Taylor, manager, Centre for Information & Communications Technology, Box Hill Institute
“What we are trying to do here in Conalep Nuevo León is help close Mexico’s technology gap at different socioeconomic levels and gives our students a better job and a better life.”
Jorge Gabriel Covarrubias, Dean of Conalep Nuevo León
“The Microsoft IT Academy Program has very good tools to prepare our students for certification, which is very important to prepare them for future jobs.”
Arnaud Berthier, Microsoft Lab Director, SUPINFO International University
IT certifications and hands-on experience boost job prospects for Swedish students
Portalens Gymnasium in Sweden uses technology training resources offered through the Microsoft IT Academy Program and Microsoft Partners in Learning to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students who earn highly regarded Microsoft certifications.
Portalens Gymnasium success story (PDF file)
Trident College of Information Technology leverages MOC in classes to realize 99 percent employment rate
Kawaijuku Educational Institution’s Trident College of Information Technology incorporates the Microsoft IT Academy Program into its curriculum to help students attain industry-leading technology certifications while also learning practical skills. Trident College uses the Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) for certification study, and students gain in-depth understanding of technology through the exercises offered.
Trident College success story (PDF file)
IT institute strengthens England’s workforce, achieves 80 percent employment rate
Zenos, a national workforce development provider in the United Kingdom, funded through the government’s Learning and Skills Council, strives to improve the employability of England’s young adults. To enhance job prospects and meet employer demand for highly qualified IT workers, Zenos provides Microsoft certification opportunities through its Microsoft IT Academy membership. According to Zenos, Microsoft certifications have contributed to an 80 percent employment success rate among graduates.
Zenos success story
Adult learners embark on path to economic self-sufficiency through IT education
The State University of New York’s Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) project builds bridges between education and industry by offering education and training opportunities to New York’s most needy students. The project uses technology education as a tool for academic and workforce advancement, offering courses aligned with Microsoft IT curricula in 36 labs statewide. The collaborative program served more than 10,000 students in its first year and expects continued success.
SUNY success story (PDF file)
Advancing IT teaching skills for educators and staff at California community colleges
Since 1996, the @ONE Project has carried out a statewide technology training initiative aimed at enhancing student learning and success throughout the California community college system. Sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office and currently hosted at Evergreen Valley College and Mt. San Jacinto College, @ONE trains faculty and staff on how to use technology for instructional purposes. The project taps the resources of the Microsoft IT Academy Program to help improve the quality of instruction for the system’s 3 million students.
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University takes innovative approach to teaching computing skills to business students
Hochschule Kempten focuses on providing a practical education to help students find careers in the diverse economy of Bavaria. As a prerequisite for earning a bachelor’s degree in the university’s Economics and Tourism program, business students are now required to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam. This credential validates their competency in key business software applications, which in turn helps increase their employability.
Hochschule Kempten success story
Ogeechee Technical College integrates certification courses in degree tracks to turn out new breed of IT pros
Ogeechee wants to be known for producing top-quality graduates with top-notch technical skills and a strong work ethic. To that end, the school’s flagship computer information systems (CIS) program ranks first statewide in industry-recognized technology certifications, which are proving to be a sound path to promising IT careers. Ogeechee Tech incorporates Microsoft IT Academy resources into its academic tracks to strengthen its program. Association with the Microsoft name has also helped the college recruit more talented students.
Ogeechee Technical College success story (PDF file)
Technology education program prepares students to excel in college and careers
The Academy for Technology Excellence (ATE) at Florida’s Dunbar High School provides a rigorous academic program focused on technology innovation. The ATE offers the hands-on experiences that students need in today’s information-based world. Training resources available through the Microsoft IT Academy Program have helped ATE students accrue technical certifications, gain an edge on IT jobs, and get a jump on college. Moreover, students show marked improvement in other academic areas and score better on standardized state tests.
Dunbar High School success story | PDF file
Mexico’s Conalep Nuevo León leads the way in certification-based IT skills training
Conalep Nuevo León is committed to providing students at its 14 technical colleges with highly regarded Microsoft certifications that validate their proficiency in Microsoft Office productivity programs. Through participation in the Microsoft IT Academy Program, school officials are also making plans to broaden the curriculum to include additional courses leading to more advanced technology skills certifications.
Conalep Nuevo León success story
International University uses Microsoft certifications to drive employability and job opportunities
The field of computing was still young in 1965 when SUPINFO was founded as the first French private higher-education school dedicated to information technology (IT). Known today as SUPINFO International University, SUPINFO has stayed at the forefront of IT education as it has grown into an international university network that encompasses dozens of campuses and counts more than 5,000 alumni. SUPINFO sustains its success by continuing to invest in innovative education and training resources, including the Microsoft IT Academy Program.
SUPINFO International University success story
Microsoft IT Academy Program helps Malaysia narrow ICT skills gap
To help address an acute and growing shortage of workers with strong information and communications technology (ICT) skills, Microsoft is partnering with 20 institutions of higher learning across Malaysia to expand opportunities for students to gain industry-relevant skills and earn globally recognized ICT certifications.
Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education success story
School empowers teachers and students with self-directed technology classes
President Kennedy School gained specialist status in 2005. At the same time, it invested in computer hardware and software, but soon realized that its teachers did not have the IT skills and confidence to use these new resources to their full potential. To help its faculty learn how to use technology to support their work, the school joined the Microsoft IT Academy Program. As a result, teachers have been empowered, and students have improved learning opportunities.
President Kennedy School success story
Innovative school delivers IT training to staff, students, and local businesses
Computer systems underpin daily life at school, in the workplace, and across the wider community. Sawtry Community College wanted to ensure that its staff could effectively use its online learning portal and equip its students and the local community with relevant training to bridge the IT skills gap. It was one of the first schools to embed the Microsoft IT Academy Program in its curriculum and offer training to staff, students, and local small businesses.
Sawtry Community College success story