Microsoft IT Academy

Join Microsoft, educators and industry experts from around the globe at this free two-hour event designed to help educators and institution administration learn how to prepare students for their college and career goals.

This virtual event consists of six mini-sessions:

  • The global skills gap and job market landscape

    An overview of the technology skills development landscape and roadmap for guiding students to success.

  • Extending today's technology curriculum in the classroom and online

    Explore the value and best practices for integrating business and technology curriculum in the classroom. See the latest certification and curriculum roadmaps that includes Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Technology Associate, and Microsoft Certified Professional certification tracks.

  • Technology for everyone: Validating your students' success in Microsoft Office

    The right mix of tools, training, and certification is essential to inspire entry-level students to set a course for a future career using the latest business technologies. We'll review the best practices for getting students started on a productive path, including the value of Microsoft Office training and certification options.

  • Entry-level technology for your college and career-minded students

    Aspiring technologists thrive when immersed in the IT and developer technologies they'll work with every day in future roles. Learn about Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) training and certification, and how it helps students get hands-on with the latest technologies.

  • Technology endorsements that get recognized

    Helping students develop solid technology skills is just part of the learning equation. Validation is a critical, ongoing need to ensure students stay motivated, focused, and empowered. Learn from IT Academy educators and learning experts on ways to endorse and validate students' skills.

  • The last mile: Resume building and interview techniques

    Standing out in a crowded job marketplace requires sharp self-promotion skills. Join a panel of hiring experts on the very latest hiring trends and best practices for successfully landing entry-level technology roles. We'll discuss tips for creating resumes that can't be ignored, and interview preparation tips that you can share with graduating students.


  • Keith Loeber

    Director, IT Academy Program, Microsoft Learning Experience

    Keith and his team oversee the strategy, benefits, operations and policies for the program. An 18 year Microsoft veteran, Keith has spent the last several years in academic with the majority of his career focusing on training and certification.

  • Carrie Francey

    Senior Director, Worldwide Sales, Marketing & Programs, Microsoft Learning Experience

    Carrie oversees worldwide sales, marketing and programs for Microsoft's Learning Experiences team, responsible for building Microsoft's reach and revenue with learning partners & customers. Before joining Microsoft Learning Experiences, Carrie served as the Worldwide Chief of Staff for the Developer Platform & Evangelism organization (DPE) where she was primarily responsible for learning the business through dynamic change and growth, and the evolution of Microsoft support in both our emerging and existing developer ecosystems and leading the effort to create Apps across the Microsoft platform.

  • Zeshan Sattar

    Head of Curriculum Development, Agilisys Arch

    Zeshan is the Head of Curriculum Development at Agilisys Arch - a new division of Agilisys designed to tackle the challenge of the ever increasing skills gap by providing workforce development training. He is responsible for designing Apprenticeship and Professional Training Programmes which are delivered by a network of Trainers across the UK. Zeshan has worked on the MTA since its inception and is an advocate of the use of Microsoft certifications within academia.

  • Katherine Schmit

    Business & Technology Instructor, Kalama High School

    I came to teaching through the Washington State Career and Technical Education Business Route. I was employed as a library assistant when the school saw my technical skills and asked me to become a teacher. I used my 20+ years of business experience to quantify my college experience in conjunction with 2 years of CTE teacher courses and am in my 7th year of teaching Business and Technology. If you have ever seen the pay difference between classified staff and certificated staff, you already know why certification is important!

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