Microsoft and Gov. Bob McDonnell just announced that Virginia has launched and implemented Microsoft IT Academy Program at all public high schools statewide. The adoption of the Microsoft IT Academy Program will help ensure equality of access to every high school across Virginia, regardless of location, size or economic status.
"Students are able to earn certification, such as the Microsoft Office Specialist, the Microsoft Technology Associate or Microsoft Certified Professional, by completing the Microsoft IT Academy coursework and passing industry-recognized certification exams, giving them skills employers seek. By spring 2012, the Virginia Department of Education is recommending that all high schools use the Microsoft IT Academy curriculum in various career and technical education courses, such as the computer information systems course sequences," Microsoft stated.
"The Microsoft IT Academy is a comprehensive program that supports ongoing technology education for students, teachers and other education professionals spanning computer basics to high-level programming, along with information and communications technology management. The program features access to online learning content, official Microsoft course materials, instructor resources and support materials, including lesson plans, software licenses, and professional, industry-recognized certifications. There are more than 10,000 Microsoft IT Academy members in over 160 countries," the software company said.
Microsoft said that "The deployment of the Microsoft IT Academy Program and teacher-readiness plan is being managed through the Virginia Department of Education. Phase I will begin with the following 30 high schools and nine regional career and technical education centers this fall, with the intent that all high schools participate by the end of the school year."
- Arlington County -- Technical Education and Career Center, Washington and Lee High, Wakefield High and Yorktown High
- Buena Vista -- Parry McCluer High
- Carroll County -- Carroll County High
- Chesapeake -- Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology
- Chesterfield County -- Chesterfield Technical Center and Lloyd C. Bird High
- Cumberland County -- Cumberland High
- Danville -- Galileo Magnet High
- Fairfax County -- Edison High, Marshall High and Westfield High
- Frederick County -- Sherando High
- Halifax County -- Halifax County High
- Hampton -- Phoebus High
- Hanover County -- Hanover High
- Henrico County -- Deep Run High
- Henry County -- Magna Vista High
- Isle of Wight County and Suffolk -- Pruden Center for Industry and Technology
- Loudoun County -- C.S. Monroe Technology Center
- Lynchburg -- E.C. Glass High
- Norfolk -- Norfolk Technical Center
- Prince William County -- Battlefield High and Forest Park High
- Richmond -- Richmond Technical Center and Thomas Jefferson High
- Roanoke -- Patrick Henry High
- Roanoke County -- Burton Center for Arts and Technology
- Russell County -- Castlewood High and Lebanon High
- Stafford County -- Brooke Point High and Colonial Forge High
- Tazewell County -- Richlands High
- Virginia Beach -- Advanced Technology Center, Landstown High and Ocean Lakes High
- York County -- Grafton High