Microsoft IT Academy
The Microsoft IT Academy program provides a complete IT education solution that bridges the world of education with the world of work. The program is designed to help drive employability, digital literacy, technical and STEM-focused training and certification, and 21st-century workforce development for students.
The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Microsoft IT Academy have partnered to provide 150 Iowa high schools and community colleges with an IT Academy. One hundred of those schools will be provided with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam site licenses, which include 500 vouchers for those institutions to use.
The Microsoft IT Academy gives Iowa students an amazing opportunity to validate their skills and gain industry-recognized certification—giving them a competitive advantage when applying for college or a career.
The IT Academy program leading to Microsoft certification is ideal for Iowa business and marketing instructors; the program has been recognized in blended learning environments as well.
“If there is a skill set more broadly valued across the business and industry universe than a basic command of information technology, I am hard-pressed to know what it could be. That is why the STEM Council is so very pleased to partner with Microsoft IT Academy to provide our outstanding Iowa educators with the tools needed to prepare today's students for tomorrow's careers."
–Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, STEM Council co-chair
Demand for the IT Academy curriculum has been high, and currently all spots are filled. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please APPLY HERE to show your interest in an IT Academy and MOS site license for consideration.
To learn more about the certification opportunities and the IT Academy Program, please watch this prerecorded webinar. Recording ID is: JCB4DJ, key is not required.
Have Questions? Contact Ann Watts at watts@IowaSTEM.gov or 515-451-3104.
Total Certifications in Iowa as of 6/30/14: 479
Top Performing Schools:
1. Iowa Central Community College
2. Kirkwood Community College Test Center
3. Washington Community High School