Microsoft Imagine Academy Program
News & Announcements
Virginia High Schools Deliver 100,000 Microsoft Certification
Virginia students earn Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Technology Associate Credentials for College and Career Readiness. The Virginia General Assembly enacted legislation to support the Microsoft Imagine Academy program in 2012 and the VDOE set a goal to reach the 100,000-certification milestone during the 2018-2019 school year. That goal was reached in May 2019; the certifications were earned at over 300 Microsoft Imagine Academy schools offering MOS and MTA certification throughout the commonwealth. Read the entire article-This is a Word document..
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).
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 Community
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)
- 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)
- Certification Q&A (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.