As part of National Education Week, the state of North Carolina has announced today it will launch the Microsoft IT Academy program in all its public high schools.
The move reflects a growing trend of gearing students toward careers in a high-tech workforce.
The program aims to educate teachers, students and school staff in technology, allowing them to earn certifications in Microsoft Office or Microsoft Certified Professional. The IT Academy uses online content, instructor resources and even a special training program aimed toward teachers.
The North Carolina program will add its 628 public high school to the already existing 9,000 IT Academy members in more than 100 countries.
“Strengthening America’s role as the world’s leader in technology is essential to meeting the challenges of this century,” said Microsoft General Manager for U.S. Education Siegfried Behrens. “We are excited to partner with North Carolina as the first state in the nation to deploy the Microsoft IT Academy to every high school and to help equip students with the IT skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow. Microsoft certifications are widely recognized by employers and can give students an edge in today’s competitive job market.”