Microsoft Imagine Academy Program
News & Announcements
Virginia Student is First EVER from United States to Win Microsoft World Championship
John Dumoulin, a 17-year-old varsity baseball player, Eagle Scout, and Future Business Leader of America (FBLA) member from Forest Park High School, Prince William County, Virginia, became the first American to ever take home the World Championship Excel trophy at the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship event hosted by Certiport and endorsed by Microsoft. John’s Career and Technical Education courses have included Computer Information Systems; Advanced Computer Information System; Design, Multimedia and Web Technologies; and Economics and Personal Finance. Through the Microsoft Image Academy provided by the Virginia Department of Education, John has amassed nine Board of Education approved credentials—eight in Microsoft Office Specialist certifications and one in W!SE financial literacy. Read the entire article-This is a Word document. (Word).
Virginia Student Named Best in the U.S. at Microsoft Excel
Student Bests 320,000 Competitors at 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida
The winners of the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National Championship have been announced by Certiport, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets. John Dumoulin, a 17-year-old Forest Park High School (Prince William County Public Schools) student took top honors at the competition that included more than 320,000 total entrants and 124 finalists in Orlando, Florida. John won first place in the Microsoft Excel 2016 category, and in addition to a $3,000 cash prize, he and a chaperone won a trip to Anaheim, California for the MOS World Championship from July 30 - August 2, 2017.
Also announced as national winners in the Orlando competition were Makenna Pollard, Bridging Communities Technical Center, Third Place in MOS Word 2013 and Joseph Litz, Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach Public Schools, Third Place in MOS PowerPoint 2013. Read the entire article.
State Funding Allocation for Information Technology Industry Certifications and Related Testing Preparation Resources Update
Amendments to the 2016-2018 biennial budget adopted by the 2017 General Assembly included an appropriation of $1.4 million to support students and teachers pursuing the Virginia Board of Education-approved information technology (IT) industry certifications for fiscal year 2017 (SY 2016-2017).
VDOE negotiated a group purchase for the Microsoft Imagine Academy IT industry certifications for 365 high schools and career and technical centers that elected to participate. All site licenses and products purchased under this negotiation have the same expiration date, December 1, 2017, which allows access to instructional and testing materials throughout the summer and fall. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo #106-17.
Classroom and online learning, hands-on labs and access to hundreds of courses, books and cutting-edge resources are available for Microsoft Imagine Academy-participating high schools. These resources help prepare students for Microsoft certification and enhance their resumes with credentials recognized by employers around the world.
Using “Teach It, Test It”, teachers certify students at the completion of each application unit while the material is fresh on their minds, which will lead to the highest score possible. Higher test scores are advantageous as a confidence builder for students and an opportunity for the teacher to challenge students to pursue a MOS Master certification.
More than a single certification, the MOS Master certification demonstrates an overall comprehension and deep expertise in Microsoft Office programs. It requires passing four exams:
- Word Expert,
- Excel Expert,
- PowerPoint, and
- either Access, Outlook, SharePoint, or OneNote for the fourth exam.
With the flexibility of the Microsoft Imagine Academy curriculum, students can self-study applications and accumulate multiple certifications.
Advantages for Students
The Microsoft Imagine Academy concept was developed to bridge the gap between education and the real-world by providing students with the IT skills they’ll need for college and a career in today’s technology-centered job market.
Advantages for Teachers
Through Microsoft Imagine Academy, teachers have access to professional development resources for success in the classroom, as well as curriculum for technology courses and student learning tools.
- Virginia’s Priority Courses Mapped to Microsoft Imagine Academy Resources (PDF)
- CTE Newsletter
- Custom Certification Site for Virginia
- Microsoft Imagine Academy Member Website
- Microsoft Educator Network Share Site
How to Get Started with the Imagine Academy Program
- Certifications (PDF)
- Computer Science Career (PDF)
- Learn It. Prove It (PDF)
- Stand Out From the Crowd (PDF)
- Three Areas of Study (PDF)
- MOS and MTA Exams Mapped to Career Clusters (PPT)
- MOS Exams Mapped to Key Job Roles (PDF)
- Microsoft Imagine Career Poster (PDF)
- Microsoft Imagine Academy Datasheet – Building the Workforce of Tomorrow, Today (PDF)
- Certification Datasheet – Optimize Program Effectiveness (PDF)
- Certification Roadmap Poster (PDF)
- Certification Website
- Student Flyer – Create Your Future (PDF)
- Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certification Student Flyer (Word)
- Digital Literacy and Free Microsoft Education Resources (PDF)
- Certification Q&A (PDF)
- Skills Requirements for Tomorrow's Best Jobs: Helping Educators Provide Students with Skills and Tools They Need (PDF)
Where are the Microsoft Imagine Academy participating high schools/centers in Virginia?
The map illustrates the location of the 365 Virginia high schools/centers offering a Microsoft Imagine Academy and certification testing center.