The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 16, 2012

Local students to earn computer credentials

By Jean Cole

— Students in Athens and Limestone County schools will soon have the opportunity to earn professional technology credential before they graduate from high school.

The Alabama Department of Education has announced a plan to offer training for students so they can earn certifications in Microsoft computer software such as Excel, Word and Power Point.

The course offering, called Alabama Microsoft IT Academy, is the result of a partnership between the state department of education and Microsoft Corp.

The program will be available in high schools statewide and will provide students with technical skills they may need to be successful in both college and their careers. The partnership allows for access to hundreds of Web-based e-learning courses, an e-Reference Library, lesson plans, project activities and supplemental resources. The Department of Education recently awarded $50,000 grants to implement the curriculum.

The launch of the program will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Autauga County Technology Center in Prattville.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice will attend, along with Cameron Evans, chief technology officer Microsoft Education, and Glenn Phillips, president Forte, Inc., and others.

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