Georgia is the sixth state in the nation to offer the Microsoft IT Academy to all its high school students. The state is putting up just over six hundred thousand dollars, while Microsoft is putting up 23 million dollars for the project.
State Superintendent Dr. John Barge says the online academy offers students training on a wide variety of programs from basics like Excel and PowerPoint, to more complex tasks like programming.
“Literally over a hundred different Microsoft credentials that they can earn while in high school to apply towards either technical college or college or to a career. And really make them a much more marketable employee.” he says.
<>Tim Callahan with the Professional Association of Georgia Educators says this especially helps smaller school districts which have less money to provide advanced training.