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CCCCD Designated A Microsoft IT Academy

CCCCD Designated A Microsoft IT Academy

DEC. 16, 2001-Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) has partnered with Microsoft to begin offering advanced technology training through the Microsoft IT Academy Program. CCCCD is one of 18 institutions of higher education in the nation to launch this new concept.

The innovative program will prepare individuals for in-demand careers, such as network administrators, technical support specialists, software and hardware developers and design engineers.

"We strive to provide the latest technology offerings in order to meet the workforce demands of our community," said Cary A. Israel, CCCCD president. "Our latest partnership with Microsoft will assist us in that endeavor."

Nationwide, the demand for IT employees has never been greater. According to the Information Technology (IT) Association, U.S. managers anticipated a shortfall of 425,000 workers in the information technology field this year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections from 1998-2008, reported that four of the five fastest-growing occupations in the economy are computer related, with employment numbers expected to grow by nearly 108 percent. The Microsoft IT Academy is designed to help meet those needs.

"The Microsoft IT Academy will benefit our students and their employers," said Janet Sheppard, director of CCCCD's Continuing Education. "Individuals will be able to earn a wide range of Microsoft certificates. Certification gives students an edge in the workplace, since employers can be assured of the competencies of an IT credentialed individual. Additionally, students will be instructed by IT faculty that have been trained in the latest Microsoft technologies. We are pleased to be one of the first colleges in the nation to offer this program."