3,100 Guilford Co. students earn Microsoft IT Academy certification

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — More than 3,100 Guilford County high school students have earned Microsoft certification over three years, according to information released today by the state Department of Public Instruction.

The district’s number of students and teachers earning the certification is the fifth highest in the state.

Seven local high school students have also earned the industry-recognized Microsoft Master certification, according to the department.

Overall, North Carolina students and teachers have earned more than 100,000 professional certifications, state Superintendent June Atkinson and Microsoft executives announced today at a news event in Raleigh.

Since 2010, “North Carolina’s Microsoft IT Academy program has enabled students across the state to refine their technology skills so they are better prepared to enter college or the workplace,” Atkinson said in a news release.

The state’s partnership with Microsoft is the first of its kind in the nation, according to the department.

Local high schools’ three-year totals of students earning Microsoft certification:

Weaver: 52
Academy at Smith: 177
Southwest: 535
Southern: 206
Southeast: 46
Smith: 4
Ragsdale: 337
Page: 138
Northwest: 269
Northern: 89
Northeast: 575
Grimsley: 148
High Point: 109
Eastern: 370
Dudley: 93