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Welcome to the February 2013 edition of the Microsoft IT Academy newsletter. The frequency has changed from monthly to quarterly editions, so expect the next issue in May. If this newsletter was forwarded to you, please subscribe today to receive future editions directly.

Meanwhile, please stay connected with us through the new Microsoft IT Academy Blog. The interactive blog will provide ongoing membership updates and offer you a great opportunity to get involved. We want to hear from you!

Feature Story

Helping Bridge the Cloud Skills Gap

Cloud Skills GapWhat are hiring managers looking for? Training, certifications, and experience. Find out what global Microsoft IT Academy peers are doing to prepare tomorrow's IT professionals for success in the cloud.

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Original Publication Date: 02/28/2013


Learn More about Cloud and IT Academy

Cloud and IT AcademyThe cloud is transforming IT and IT organizations. The global research firm IDC estimates that virtually all of the seven million new positions in IT worldwide over the next three years will require cloud-related skills. The IT industry is on the brink of substantial growth, and the latest Microsoft Certifications will help meet the technology industry’s demand for cloud-ready professionals.

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Original Publication Date: 02/28/2013


What's New/Program Updates

Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) Materials

Microsoft Official Academic CourseIT Academy now includes Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) materials. MOAC provides everything academic instructors need to plan, prepare, and conduct hands-on classes. MOAC titles are available now on the IT Academy Program member website.

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Original Publication Date: 02/28/2013


Benefit Highlights

Does Your Welcome Kit Look Different?

Welcome KitMicrosoft IT Academy members who have renewed in 2013 are finding a fresh new look to their Welcome Kit. Updated resources enable better coordination between educators, administrators, and IT staff. A number of enhancements have been made to the Welcome Kit to help you deploy benefits more seamlessly, including an IT Director Checklist, Program Administrator Checklist, Teacher/Educator Checklist, Student Flyer, and Certification Roadmap posters. Find out about all the new updates.

Original Publication Date: 02/28/2013


Find Your Microsoft Academy Service Partner

Find Your Microsoft Academy Service PartnerMicrosoft Academy Service Partners (MASPs) are Microsoft Authorized Education Resellers (AERs) with a deep expertise in the many benefits and offerings included with your Microsoft IT Academy membership. With a footprint in countries around the world, you can contact MASPs in your area to assist you with understanding and unlocking your benefits, developing deployment plans unique to your institution’s needs, or training your staff and faculty across the institution to ensure you are maximizing your benefit usage. Find your local MASP.

Original Publication Date: 02/28/2013


Success Stories

As Seen On: IT Academy Blog

ITA BlogA number of IT Academy members have been featured in the past few weeks on the blog. Take a moment to see how other members are benefiting from the program:

·         IT Academy gives students a head start

·         IT Academy in Morocco making a big impact

·         High schools in Virginia attesting to the benefits of IT Academy Program

·         Helping disabled and wounded American veterans enter the technology field

Original Publication Date: 02/28/2013


Tell Us Your Story

InspireFeaturing local stories from IT Academy members helps you connect and learn from your peers. Share your story about how you are benefiting from the program, highlight individuals in your institution who have successfully grown from the program or certification, or educators who are using the resources in innovative ways. Share your story by sending a short write-up and any images or videos—along with your contact information—to the IT Academy team.

Original Publication Date: 02/28/2013



Annual Survey Coming in March

Annual SurveyThanks for helping us improve the IT Academy program. Your suggestions will continue to help us evolve the program to better meet your needs. The primary way you can provide feedback is by completing the annual satisfaction survey. Our next survey will be sent directly to program administrators, faculty and staff in March 2013. In order to make sure we reach everyone actively teaching and supporting the IT Academy program at your school, please forward this newsletter and remind your peers to subscribe.

Original Publication Date: 02/28/2013


Certification and Exams

Benefit from Volume Pricing on Exams

Volume Pricing on ExamsNow available through Microsoft Academic Volume Licensing: Exam packs for the Microsoft Certifications your students need to help them stand out from the crowd, and enhance their education and career prospects. Whether you’re a high school, two-year college, or four-year college, you can tailor a mix of certifications to meet your unique needs.

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Original Publication Date: 02/28/2013


Special Events and Offers

Stay Current on IT Academy News

IT Academy NewsJoin fellow IT Academy members in a monthly forum designed to keep you current on the latest program benefits, global education trends, and best practices. The March event will focus on how to prepare your students to address the technology demands of today’s workforce. As you start to think about graduation, it’s time to talk about employability.

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Original Publication Date: 02/28/2013



Jump Start on Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Virtual AcademyJump Start courses from Microsoft Virtual Academy (VMA) are a great way to acquire in-depth IT knowledge and valuable guidance on applying the latest Microsoft technology—at no cost. Enhance your IT Academy training with these additional learning opportunities from Microsoft.

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Original Publication Date: 02/28/2013


News for Administrators and Educators

February 2013

In This Issue

·         » Feature Story

·         » What's New/Program Updates

·         » Benefit Highlights

·         » Success Stories

·         » Reminders

·         » Certification and Exams

·         » Special Events and Offers

·         » Resources

Stay Connected

·         » Twitter 

·         » Microsoft IT Academy Blog

·         » IT Academy Virtual Event Series

Access Your Benefits

·         » Educator Resources

·         » About E-Learning

·         » Certification Exams

·         » Microsoft Certified Trainer

·         » Marketing Resources

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