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Microsoft Imagine Academy (IA)

The Microsoft Imagine Academy (IA) program provides industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the skills gap. With the Microsoft Imagine Academy (IA) program, academic institutions and their educators, students and staff get digital curriculum and certifications for fundamental technology skills -- as well as courses critical for students to be successful in today’s technologically evolving world. Learn more about Imagine Academy program benefits.

Update (January 2020)

Microsoft Imagine Academy

WI MSIA and Certification Metrics
Total # of MSIAs Purchased: 240
Total # of MSIAs Activated: 224
Total # of Teachers Trained: 175

Certification

Total Site Licenses Purchased: 225
# of Schools Testing: 39
# of Exams Administered: 1,116
Total # of Certifications: 535

Program Highlights

Training

  • MSIA and Certification Deployment team attended the WEBIT Conference (October):
  • Getting Started with MSIA (3-hour session)
  • MSIA: Exploring Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and Computer Science Session
  • On-going webinars offered from September –December:
  • Getting Started with MSIA
  • Deep Dive into MOAC
  • MSIA and OneNote
  • MSIA and Certification Best Practices
  • Getting Started with Certification

Updates

  • Schools have access to free Microsoft Office Lab Licenses (2016 & 2019)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist 2019 exams have been released
  • Microsoft Imagine Academy program will begin releasing Microsoft Office 2019 courses in January 2020 - starting with Word and Excel
  • MakeCode Arcade Parts 2 and 3 will be released on the Microsoft Imagine Academy member site in January
  • Introduction to Programming using Java has been released on the Microsoft Imagine Academy member site
  • Schools administering Microsoft exams have transitioned to a new exam delivery system, Compass

Update (7/23/2018)

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is pleased to announce funding for the 2017 Act 59 Information Technology Education Grant. This grant will provide access to information technology education opportunities for public school students in grades 6 to 12, technical college district students, and patrons of public libraries through the Microsoft Imagine Academy program.

Microsoft Imagine Academy provides students and educators with industry-aligned curricula and certifications to build competencies and validate skills for high-demand technologies. The Academy offers courses and certifications in four paths: Computer Science, IT Infrastructure, Data Science, and Productivity. Additionally, participating schools will receive (at no cost) a 12-month site license for certification testing of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) applications and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications.

Microsoft Imagine Academy schools can look forward to:

Globally Recognized Certifications

  • Make students more competitive in a global market.
  • Become a testing center offering on-site exams for students and staff.

Microsoft Official Academic Curriculum

  • Access numerous online learning courses with industry-aligned credentials.
  • Customize lesson plans to fit individual needs.

Professional Development

  • Provide educators with the latest technology curriculum, guidance, and resources.
  • Utilize complimentary certification exam vouchers for educators.

Resources and Partnership

  • Download marketing materials and program information.
  • Customize and print certificates of completion.
  • Promote your institution with the Microsoft Academy Logo.

To learn more about the Microsoft Imagine Academy program, visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/imagine-academy/default.aspx .For more information on the certification program, visit www.certiport.com.

Do note that schools who take advantage of this state supported information technology instructional program will be unable to claim students who earn these certificates as part of their annual CTE Incentive Grant application according to Wisconsin State Statute 106.273(3)(am).

Update (2/5/2018) *

With the recent signing of the biennial budget on September 21, 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is pleased to announce funding for the 2017 Act 59 Information Technology Education Grant. Funding for this grant is provided in an annual appropriation of $875,000, beginning in FY18. DPI shall make the grant to an entity to provide information technology education opportunities to public school pupils in grades 6 to 12, technical college district students, and patrons of public libraries. Learn more about the Information Technology Education Grant online at https://dpi.wi.gov/it-education-grant.

Update (9/22/2017)

The Wisconsin 2017-2019 Biennial State Budget provides funding for Information Technology Education.  The State Budget directs the department to develop a competitive request−for−proposal process for the award of a grant to an entity to provide information technology education opportunities to public school pupils in grades 6 to 12, technical college district students, and patrons of public libraries. Additional information will be released  by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on this website when available.

The Microsoft Imagine Academy (IA) program provides industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the skills gap.  With the Microsoft Imagine Academy (IA) program, academic institutions and their educators, students and staff get digital curriculum and certifications for fundamental technology skills -- as well as courses critical for students to be successful in today’s technologically evolving world.  Learn more about Imagine Academy program benefits.

Program Overview

The Imagine Academy Program offers IA members (Institution) with quality education training resources on Microsoft technologies to help Institutions’ educators, faculty and staff (Educators) and its enrolled students and members (Students) obtain the skills needed to reach their academic and career potential. The program enables Institutions:

  • offer quality technology curricula to help its Students acquire skills on current Microsoft technologies
  • provide rich online learning resources to its Students and Educators
  • ensure its Students graduate with the Microsoft technology expertise required to be successful in today’s job market
  • prepare its Students and Educators to earn Microsoft Certification credentials
  • provide professional development opportunities for its Educators

See the Microsoft Imagine Academy Quick Start site for additional information.