The Microsoft IT Academy program provides schools, teachers, students and staff with technology curriculum and learning tools such as digital access to technology textbooks to help them acquire skills on current Microsoft technologies. Additionally, program members may purchase discounted Microsoft Office Certification exam vouchers that allow students (and teachers) to earn certification by demonstrating the skills they learn through the program.
Up to 234 Wisconsin high schools will be eligible to host a Microsoft IT Academy at no cost. These 234 slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
All applications must be submitted through the online Participation Form. Participation Forms are currently available online through October 30, 2015 (5 p.m. CST) Any school submissions after October 30, 2015 will be considered based upon remaining availability.
- (Note: According to the DPI, an online PDF copy of all form information may be downloaded here. This PDF copy is intended to assist school staff with gathering relevant information needed to complete this online form; however, the PDF copy will not be accepted.)
Wisconsin high schools are able to sign up for the Microsoft IT Academy program at no cost because funds from a legal settlement are being used to pay for the program, While funding is assured through the 2016-17 school year, at this time, funding support beyond 2016-17 has not yet been determined.
Only schools considering utilizing the program for the 2015-16 school year will be considered at this time. Future opportunities may be extended to accept submissions from schools for the 2016-17 school year if Microsoft IT Academy opportunities are still available based upon unclaimed licenses.
Schools that begin utilizing the program during the 2015-16 school year will be provided with the option to continue services during the 2016-17 school year prior to accepting participation requests from additional schools.