Microsoft IT Academy debuts in Indiana to help students and adults gain computer skills

Indiana residents are the latest to join the Microsoft IT Academy, as part of a partnership between the Indiana Departments of Education and Workforce Development to help high school students, as well as adults, obtain the basic computer needed for careers today.

The program allows schools and Work One Centers, which help train people looking for employment, to take part in the IT Academy free of charge. The Academy has 30 different available certifications, gives schools “lab licenses” for Office 2010 or 2013 and provides professional development for Indiana educators. Eighty-nine schools are currently part of the pilot, with 61 Work One Centers to be added later this year.

“I am incredibly excited to be a part of this announcement,” says Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. “As an educator, I am well aware of the necessity for our students to have access and exposure to information technology that is vital for them moving forward. Programs such as this provide much-needed resources for our schools and educators, and additional learning for our children.”

Check out the Indiana Department of Education for more information about the program.

Aimee Riordan
Microsoft News Center Staff