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Welcome to the December 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

Microsoft IT Academy Instructor Wins Certiport 2011 Teacher of the Year

Certiport 2011 Teacher of the YearOne year ago, North Carolina implemented the IT Academy Program statewide in 628 high schools. The results have been notable for both students and educators. Meet Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Tyndall, and her star student, Miranda Hill, who was the first student at her high school to earn a Microsoft Word Certification. Miranda followed that with four more certifications and won a national Microsoft Word 2010 competition. Watch their interview from the Certiport 2011 U.S. Competition.

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Original Publication Date: 12/15/2011


What's New/Program Updates

Announcing New Design Elements to Represent the IT Academy

IT Academy New Design ElementsAs you may have noticed, we have a new banner for this newsletter that extends the design elements of our new public and member websites. If you haven’t had a chance to explore our new websites, please do so. Visit the IT Academy public site, scroll to the bottom of any page, and send us your feedback.

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Original Publication Date: 12/15/2011


Benefit Highlights

Are You Making the Most of Your IT Academy Benefits?

Learn about your e-learning benefitContact a Microsoft Academy Service Partner to help you take full advantage of your IT Academy membership. You could be missing out on valuable resources. For example, did you know you have access to unlimited e-learning courses as part of your benefits? Learn about your e-Learning benefit.

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Original Publication Date: 12/15/2011


Success Stories

Hawaii State Public Library System Joins the IT Academy Program

IT Academy ProgramThe Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) recently became the first public library system in the world to provide a statewide Microsoft IT Academy program to all of Hawaii’s library patrons and library staff. Learn what makes HSPLS unique.

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Original Publication Date: 12/15/2011



Make Sure You Receive Key Program Updates and Communications

Key Program Updates and CommunicationsWe recommend you check your profile on the member website to verify that our records reflect the correct program administrator for your institution, as well as the correct contact information for that individual. Check your institution’s program administrator information (select tab 3, Academy Profile).

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Original Publication Date: 12/15/2011


Renew Your Membership Early For a 15 Percent Discount

Renew Your Membership EarlyRenew your Microsoft IT Academy Program membership within the first 60 days of your renewal period to get a 15 percent discount. It’s quick, easy, and all online. Be sure to renew your Microsoft IT Academy membership before it expires to ensure uninterrupted access to your program benefits.

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Original Publication Date: 12/15/2011



Make Your Faculty Connection

Make Your Faculty ConnectionVisit the Faculty Connection Resource Center for a multi-language collection of resources including curriculum materials developed by Microsoft or contributed by educators worldwide. Download materials from the Faculty Connection Resource Center today.

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Original Publication Date: 12/15/2011


Student Employability

Prepare Students for Success in Today’s Workplace

Prepare Students for SuccessEncourage your students to get certified to improve their employment opportunities. Various studies and surveys conducted demonstrate the true value of certification from the perspective of hiring managers like the ones your students will soon face. Teach your students 21st century technology skills and follow that education with Microsoft Certification to ensure your students validate what they’ve learned with a reliable and trusted benchmark. Find recommendations and resources by institution level on our certification awareness website.

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Original Publication Date: 12/15/2011


News for Administrators and Educators

December 2011

In This Issue

·         » Feature Story

·         » What's New/Program Updates

·         » Benefit Highlights

·         » Success Stories

·         » Reminders

·         » Resources

·         » Student Employability

Access Your Benefits

·         » Educator Resources

·         » About E-Learning

·         » Certification Exams

·         » Microsoft Certified Trainer

·         » Marketing Resources

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