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Welcome to the January 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

Mapping to Standards Offers Guidance in Establishing IT Academy Curricula

IT Academy CurriculaUse the Curriculum Mapping to Standards guidelines to better understand the links between Microsoft Certification and academia, and to determine the best courses to offer your students. Find out how specific Microsoft certifications align to national or local standards.

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011


Be Our Guests! Registration Fee Waived for IT Academy Members

Microsoft Certified Career CenterAll IT Academy Members—students, educators, and staff—are invited to attend the online Microsoft Certified Career Conference next month as our guests. The registration fee of US$50 per person will be waived for all our valued IT Academy members with promo code ITACAREER. Learn more and register for this event today.

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011


What's New/Program Updates

Become a Testing Center to Help Students and Increase Revenue

Become a Testing CenterBecome a Prometric testing center to deliver Microsoft Certification exams directly from your school and offer students the convenience to get trained, tested, and Microsoft certified all in one place. Becoming a testing center can also generate new revenue streams for your institution. Find out how to get started.

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011


Benefit Highlights

Microsoft E-Learning Courses Offer Convenience and Flexibility

Microsoft E-Learning CoursesE-Learning offers students courses they can take anytime, anywhere, and provides educators with content they can trust, delivered in a manner that allows for easy progress tracking. Read more about E-Learning for IT Academy members.

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011


New Resources Available to Help You Promote Your IT Academy

New Resources AvailableA variety of posters, case studies, email templates, flyers, and brochures are available to IT Academy members to help you promote your offerings. Take advantage of these great resources today!

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011


Success Stories

Discover New Ideas and Resources for Your IT Academy

ChislehurstFind out how other educators and administrators are running their IT Academies. The IT Academy member success stories are a great resource for ideas on how to improve or expand your own program. Read some IT Academy member success stories.

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011



Renew Early for a 15 Percent Discount—Check Your Membership Expiration Date

Renew Early for a 15 Percent DiscountRenew your IT Academy membership early to get a 15 percent discount and enjoy continued access to all your ITA benefits. If you are unsure about your membership expiration date, you may find it by accessing your profile on the member site (you must sign in).

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011



New Materials Now Available to Help You Make Sure Your Students Get a Second Shot

Get a Second ShotMake sure your students know they can get a Second Shot to take their Microsoft Certification exams if they need one. Promote this offer to students using the materials on the IT Academy Second Shot page.

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011


Special Events/Offers

Get 20 Microsoft Technology Associate Certification Exams at No Charge

Microsoft Technology Associate Beginning January 27, 2011, IT Academy members are entitled to 20 Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification exams at no charge. Learn more about the MTA certification.

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011



Get the Tools You Need to Teach with Confidence

Microsoft Official Academic CoursewareMicrosoft Official Academic Courseware (MOAC) provides everything educators need to plan, prepare for, and conduct hands-on classes for various Microsoft products and technologies. Read about the latest MOAC releases.

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011



New Certification Roadmap Tool Helps Students Set and Achieve Career Goals

RoadmapIn addition to the Certification Roadmap posters available for download, students may also use the online Certification Roadmap Tool to understand how certain certifications fit with specific career goals. Check out this new tool today!

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011


Access Educator Tools and Resources on the Microsoft Faculty Connection Website

Microsoft Faculty ConnectionMicrosoft Faculty Connection offers educators a wide range of tools and resources to help streamline course and class preparation, connect them with other educators to exchange ideas, and much more. Tour the Faculty Connection website today.

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011


Student Employability

Help Your Students Succeed with the Microsoft Student Career Portal

Student CareerDid you know your students have access to the Microsoft Student Career Portal? It’s a wonderful resource that can help students get the right training and certifications needed for key job roles for a career in today’s job market. Explore the Microsoft Student Career Portal.

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011


Encourage Your Students to Get Certified to Improve Their Employability

Cap IconIn this job market, your students need to do everything possible to stand out from the crowd. Encourage your students to get certified to increase their employability and help them achieve success after graduation.

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Original Publication Date: 01/27/2011


News for Administrators and Educators

January 2011

In This Issue

·         » Feature Story

·         » What's New/Program Updates

·         » Benefit Highlights

·         » Success Stories

·         » Reminders

·         » Certification/Exams

·         » Special Events/Offers

·         » 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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