The following is taken from a Press Release issued by North Carolina Public Schools and can be viewed HERE


North Carolina Public Schools and Microsoft Announce the Nation’s First Statewide Partnership to Provide IT Training in Every Public High School

The Microsoft IT Academy program will help prepare the next generation workforce

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Microsoft Corp. today announced that North Carolina will be the first state in the nation to offer the Microsoft IT Academy Program to all public high schools statewide. The Microsoft IT Academy provides students with real-world technology skills they need to be successful in college and a career. Under the agreement announced today by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison and Microsoft executives Siegfried Behrens, General Manager for U.S. Education and Lutz Ziob, General Manager for Microsoft Learning, teachers also will receive official Microsoft learning curricula as well as professional development support and resources to help them tailor their instruction. The announcement took place at Wake County’s Leesville Road High School, one of the 37 high schools currently piloting the IT Academy program.

“In today’s economy, providing the Microsoft IT Academy to high schools just makes sense,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “The ability to effectively use Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access are essential skills in most businesses and offices today. I am pleased that North Carolina can provide this opportunity for teachers to improve their skills and for students to be career-ready.”

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