Gov. Bob McDonnell and Microsoft Announce Statewide Partnership Providing IT Training to All Virginia High School Students

Microsoft IT Academy Program at all public high schools statewide. Virginia is the third state in the nation to launch the program, which provides students and teachers with real-world technology skills to better prepare our students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

The partnership highlights Virginia‘s commitment to producing the most technology-savvy and literate workforce in the world. The adoption of the Microsoft IT Academy Program will help ensure equality of access to every high school across Virginia, regardless of location, size or economic status.

The Virginia Department of Education is managing the deployment of the Microsoft IT Academy Program and teacher-readiness plan. Phase I will begin with 30 high schools and nine regional career and technical education centers this fall, with the intent that all high schools participate by the end of the school year. For more information, including a list of the Phase I schools and centers, click here.