Today, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction celebrates a fantastic milestone – students and teachers have earned more than 300,000 professional certifications through the state’s Microsoft Imagine Academy, launched seven years ago. North Carolina first piloted the Microsoft IT Academy in high schools in 29 counties during the fall semester of 2010-11. Students and teachers earned 8,227 certifications in the first year. In the fall of 2011, the state made history when it became the first in the country to offer the Microsoft IT Academy in all high schools.
State education leaders today joined teachers, students, legislators and others in celebrating this milestone at the State Board of Education meeting in Raleigh.
“The state of North Carolina has demonstrated, once again, their unrivaled leadership in delivering real world career and technical education options for their students,” said Aaron Osmond, vice president of the global Certiport offering for Pearson VUE, a certification exam provider. “Microsoft certification is more than a piece of paper – it gives students tangible proof they have real-world Microsoft skills that employers are seeking.”