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Sequoyah Schools named First High School Microsoft IT Academy in Oklahoma

12/15/2011
December 15, 2011
Sequoyah Schools

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.— Students at Sequoyah Schools can not only earn a high school diploma, but also career certifications. Sequoyah has been named the first Microsoft IT Academy at the high school level in the state of Oklahoma, giving students the option to enroll in Microsoft classes and become certified operators of Microsoft products such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.

“The addition of the Microsoft IT Academy coursework into our current technology course schedule increases the number of 21st century workplace offerings available to our students,” said Rita Bunch, superintendent of Sequoyah Schools. “The project-based approach to learning will prepare our students for the implementation of project-based assessments required in the near future by Common Core State Standards.”

Sequoyah Schools’ students currently have the option to enroll in Cisco Networking courses and obtain Cisco Networking certification before they graduate from high school. Now students will also be able to complete Microsoft certification and leave high school career-ready.

According to the Microsoft website, institutions gain the instant recognition and credibility of the Microsoft brand along with a comprehensive curriculum and resources for students and educators. Communities and businesses also benefit from a highly trained and employable workforce. The Microsoft certification courses will be offered as electives in the spring semester. Students may enroll in one or more courses at a time and will have the opportunity to take a certification exam at the conclusion of each course.

“We are excited and thankful for the opportunity to provide this type of real world connection to what the students are learning in the classroom and what they need to know to be successful in the workforce,” Bunch said.

“Sequoyah Schools recognizes the connection between Microsoft Certification and the job market,” said Geary Don Crofford, Sequoyah Schools’ dean of academics. “We believe Microsoft Certification can give our students credibility with potential employers and enhance their plans for the future.”

For more information on the Sequoyah Schools Microsoft IT Academy program, contact Toni Conrad, technology department chair, at 918-456-5170 or toni-conrad@cherokee.org.


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