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Welcome to the August 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

Take Advantage of Your E-Reference Benefit

E-Reference BenefitIT Academy members are eligible for five complimentary annual subscriptions to the E-Reference Library as well as discounts on additional subscriptions. Read more about your E-Reference Benefit.

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Original Publication Date: 08/30/2011

 

What's New/Program Updates

E-Learning Courses—Out With the Old, In With the New

E-Learning CoursesEffective December 2011, the IT Academy will retire Microsoft Office 2002 courses from the E-Learning catalog to ensure we provide you and your students with the latest Microsoft technologies. Visit the IT Academy E-Learning catalog to view a list of available courses and collections.

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Original Publication Date: 08/30/2011

 

Get Ready for Your Complimentary Exam Vouchers

Complimentary Exam VouchersEffective September 1, 2011, you will be able to request ten complimentary Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam vouchers and twenty complimentary Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exam vouchers annually for your own professional development. Read more about MOS and MTA certifications.

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Original Publication Date: 08/30/2011

 

Benefit Highlights

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

Worldwide PartnersAre 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: 08/30/2011

 

Success Stories

Browse IT Academy Success Stories More Easily

Browse IT Academy Success StoriesOur IT Academy public site recently experienced an overhaul. You can now easily scroll through the success stories to watch real-life accounts from IT Academy members discussing how they implement the IT Academy Program at their institutions and what works best for them. Visit the Success Stories carousel today.

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Original Publication Date: 08/30/2011

 

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: 08/30/2011

 

Certification/Exams

New Certification Available for Developing Windows Phone Applications

New Certification Available for Developing Windows Phone ApplicationsIndustry forecasts indicate that Windows Phone will be among the top two most popular mobile operating systems by 2015. Help your students get ahead of the curve by offering courses on Windows Phone and encouraging them to earn a Windows Phone developer certification. Check out Exam 70-599: Learning Plan for Designing and Developing Windows Phone 7 Applications.

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Original Publication Date: 08/30/2011

 

Special Events/Offers

World Champions Named at the 2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office

Worldwide Competition on Microsoft OfficeThe 2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office attracted more than 228,000 unique candidates from 57 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. Read more about the winners and watch a video invitation for next year’s event at the Bellagio.

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Original Publication Date: 08/30/2011

 

Imagine Cup 2011 Winners Announced

Imagine Cup 2011 Winners AnnouncedThe Imagine Cup 2011 winners were announced at a six-day event in New York last month, involving more than 400 students from 70 countries. Read details about the winners and the event.

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Original Publication Date: 08/30/2011

 

Resources

Find Helpful Teacher Guides—Compliments of Microsoft Education

Helpful Teacher GuidesMicrosoft Education offers many resources at no charge to help you save time, learn new technologies, keep students engaged, and much more. Visit the teacher guides section of the Microsoft Education website to take advantage of these resources.

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Original Publication Date: 08/30/2011

 

News for Administrators and Educators

August 2011

In This Issue

·         » Feature Story

·         » What's New/Program Updates

·         » Benefit Highlights

·         » Success Stories

·         » Reminders

·         » Certification/Exams

·         » Special Events/Offers

·         » Resources

Access Your Benefits

·         » About the ITA Member Site

·         » Educator Resources

·         » About E-Learning

·         » Certification Exams

·         » Microsoft Certified Trainer

·         » Marketing Resources

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