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Welcome to the June 2011 edition of the Microsoft IT Academy newsletter, a resource loaded with information intended to help program administrators and educators get the most out of their IT Academy memberships. If this newsletter was forwarded to you by a colleague, please feel free to subscribe today to receive future editions directly.

Feature Story

State of Washington to Prepare Students for Success with a Statewide IT Academy Program

WA Statewide IT Academy ProgramThe State of Washington plans to sign an agreement this month to implement a statewide IT Academy program. This new agreement will enable educators to train and certify students as Microsoft Office Specialists and Microsoft Technology Associates in 703 Washington state high schools. Read more IT Academy Success Stories.

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Original Publication Date: 06/23/2011

 

What's New/Program Updates

Special Exam Pricing for IT Academy Members Continues

Special Exam PricingEffective July 1, 2011, the retail price of certain Microsoft IT Certification exams will change. For members of the Microsoft IT Academy program, prices will continue to be discounted to offer the lowest price available to any academic institution or organization. Learn more about Microsoft Certification exams for IT Academy members.

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Original Publication Date: 06/23/2011

 

Save Time on Class Preparation with Downloadable Lesson Plans

Downloadable Lesson PlansTake advantage of our complimentary, downloadable lesson plans, our most relevant and time-saving resource. They’re designed to help you spend more time teaching and less time planning. Download these lesson plans from the IT Academy member site.

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Original Publication Date: 06/23/2011

 

Benefit Highlights

Worldwide Partners Are Ready to Help You Use Your IT Academy Benefits

Microsoft Partner NetworkAre you a new IT Academy member or just wondering how to better utilize your IT Academy member benefits? Microsoft Academy Service Partners can help. Contact one of our partners in your area today to get help using your benefits.

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Original Publication Date: 06/23/2011

 

College Credit Now Available to Your Students for Selected Microsoft Certifications

College CreditEncourage your students to get certified by offering college credit for selected Microsoft Certifications. Find out which certifications are recommended for college credit, and follow those recommendations to motivate students to get certified. Learn more about college credit for Microsoft Certifications.

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Original Publication Date: 06/23/2011

 

Reminders

Renew Your IT Academy Membership Early for a 15 Percent Discount

Renew Your IT Academy MembershipAlthough you’re eligible to renew your IT Academy membership anytime during the 90 days prior to your membership expiration date, if you renew in the first 30 days of that period, you receive a 15 percent discount. It’s quick, easy, and all online. Renew today!

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Original Publication Date: 06/23/2011

 

Certification/Exams

Make Sure Your Students Get Their Second Shot

Free Second ShotMake sure your students take their Second Shot exams before June 30, 2011. Once the expiration date has passed, they will need to pay to retake their Microsoft Certification exams if they didn’t pass the first time. Find offer details on the IT Academy Second Shot page.

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Original Publication Date: 06/23/2011

 

Curriculum

Give Your Students Practical Experience with MOAC Labs Online

MOAC Labs OnlineIncorporating Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) Labs Online into your IT curriculum can help you prepare your students with critical job training and true-to-practice experience using real Microsoft software. Check out the update on MOAC Labs Online from our academic publishing partner, John Wiley & Sons.

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Original Publication Date: 06/23/2011

 

Resources

Create Your Own High-Quality, Interactive, Online Courses

Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS) A new version of the Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS) is now available. Use this complimentary tool to create high-quality, interactive, online courses and Microsoft Silverlight Learning Snacks for use in your classes. Download the latest version of LCDS today!

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Original Publication Date: 06/23/2011

 

Find Training Videos to “Jump Start” Learning

Training VideosJump Start courses are designed to deliver readiness training on strategic and emerging technologies before Microsoft Learning develops mainstream courses. Learn from expert instructors who teach concepts using live demos and a unique “team teaching” approach in an engaging talk show format. Visit TechNet Edge to explore posted recordings.

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Original Publication Date: 06/23/2011

 

Student Employability

Learn New Ways to Help Your Students Meet the Needs of Employers

IT Academy success storiesFind out how IT Academies around the world are helping their students achieve greater employability through innovative methods and customization of their curricula. IT Academies in Singapore, South Africa, and Scotland share their secrets of success. Explore all IT Academy success stories.

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Original Publication Date: 06/23/2011

 

News for Administrators and Educators

June 2011

In This Issue

·         » Feature Story

·         » What's New/Program Updates

·         » Benefit Highlights

·         » Reminders

·         » Certification/Exams

·         » Curriculum

·         » Resources

·         » Student Employability

Access Your Benefits

·         » About the ITA Member Site

·         » Educator Resources

·         » About E-Learning

·         » Certification Exams

·         » Microsoft Certified Trainer

·         » Marketing Resources

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