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Microsoft IT Academy

Microsoft IT Academy is a program designed to offer students learning solutions for IT skills training and certification as well as technology essentials for professionals. Microsoft IT Academy and its resources can help build a successful future with the skills that employers demand. Students will be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam.

The IT Academy offers the following

The latest Microsoft software for labs classrooms and PCs used by students.
E Reference Libraries that offer instant access to more than 500 Microsoft Press books online.

Students can get hands on experience with the latest Microsoft software and hundreds of web based E Learning courses in a hybrid format on line self paced with some instructor led teaching. Because Microsoft Certifications are widely recognized by employers the program can help give students an edge in today's competitive job market.

Why get certified?

Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification can help you differentiate yourself in today's competitive job market broaden your employment opportunities by displaying your advanced skills and result in higher earning potential. Microsoft Office Specialist MOS certification can also lead to increased job satisfaction. Research indicates that certified individuals have increased competence productivity and credibility with their employer coworkers and clients.

For employers the certification provides skill verification tools that not only help assess a persons skills in using Microsoft Office programs but also the ability to quickly complete on the job tasks across multiple programs in the Microsoft Office system.

Microsoft® Office Specialists are a part of a global community of distinguished achievers. This Microsoft credential tells the world you have demonstrated proficiency in the 2010 standard of the worlds foremost desktop computing applications. Microsoft certifications based on globally recognized standards demonstrate your computing skills and help advance your career prospects in a competitive job market.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 certifications are primarily for office workers who use Microsoft Office programs as a vital part of their job functions. These certifications cover the entire Microsoft Office Suite encompassing Word 2010 PowerPoint® 2010 Excel® 2010 Outlook® 2010 Access® 2010 and SharePoint as well as Windows latest Operating System.

These courses require that you come in for Orientation for approximately one 1 hour before the start of the class to learn how to login and access the material. An access code will be provided to you at that time. If you take subsequent courses this will not have to be repeated.

It is also required that the final assessment be done in person date and time will be provided to you.

Microsoft IT Academy classes require no previous experience but students should have some basic computer knowledge. To help you Microsoft offers the Digital Literacy course free if there is no prior computer experience.

Digital Literacy

Course Description

This course is designed for those individuals who have no computer experience. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of computing explains the components of a computer explores operating system basics and shows you how to use a mouse and a keyboard. Learn the Internet and the World Wide Web. Explore the most common productivity software applications used in business in education and at home. Learn how to use a computer safely and responsibly. Learn about new digital technologies including digital audio digital video and digital photography. Explore how these and other computing technologies are creating new career opportunities and shaping the world we live in.

The Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum provides essential computing skills for learners new to computing. The IT Academy program uses Digital Literacy as a remedial tool for some students and as a means of exploring new topics for others.

The curriculum consists of five courses
  • Computer Basics
  • The Internet and World Wide Web
  • Productivity Programs
  • Computer Security and Privacy
  • Digital Lifestyles which covers digital media

This curriculum offers the following benefits
  • E Learning and assessment so that students can skip concepts that they have mastered and focus on the topics they need to round out their skills set.
  • A Digital Literacy Certificate Test for students who want to demonstrate their mastery of all five courses.
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Microsoft Word

Course Description
Microsoft Word is a word processing program used to create documents such as memos letters reports research papers brochures newsletters envelopes and much more. Word is a full featured program that provides a wide variety of editing and formatting features as well as sophisticated visual elements.

MS Word 2010 Basic MOS 101

This hybrid course online and instructor led will cover the basic skills and knowledge you will need to get started using Word including how to create edit and lay out documents along with proofreading the documents. CEUs 1.0

Prerequisites Digital Literacy recommended

MS Word 2010 Intermediate MOS 201

Course Description
In the Intermediate hybrid Microsoft Word course you will learn how to format text and paragraphs manipulate text and control pagination. It will also cover working with columns and how to use tables modify tables and lists to organize content and insert and format references and captions. CEUs 1.0

Prerequisites Word Basic recommended

MS Word 2010 Advanced MOS 301

Course Description

The Advanced Word course will cover working with graphical elements to create visually stunning documents format illustrations insert and modify text boxes how to work with long documents navigating documents merging documents and manage and track changes. CEUs 1.0
Prerequisites Word Intermediate recommended

Microsoft Excel

Course Description

Microsoft Excel is the choice among individuals and companies to organize analyze and present data in a worksheet. Worksheets can be created to track analyze and chart any type of data that can be set up in a column and row format. Expenses sales assets liabilities grades and statistics are just a few examples of the type of information that can be stored and created in an Excel workbook.

MS Excel 2010 Basic MOS 102

This hybrid course online and instructor led will cover the basic skills and knowledge you will need to get started using Excel including how to create edit and format worksheets format cells and cell content. Learn how to perform calculations on the data in the worksheet. CEUs 1.0

Prerequisites None

MS Excel 2010 Intermediate MOS 202

In the Intermediate Excel course you will learn how to format worksheets filter reorder and validate date in the worksheet. Learn how to sort data in lists and perform calculations on sorted data as well as creating rules to validate your data. Learn how to format data as a table along with inserting and modifying rows and columns. CEUs 1.0

Prerequisites Excel Basic recommended

MS Excel 2010 Advanced MOS 302

In the Advanced Excel course you will learn how to work with PivotTable and PivotChart reports in Excel. This includes editing and formatting PivotTable reports as well as inserting charts into your worksheets. Learn how to collaborate with others including sharing Excel worksheets as well as publishing worksheets as Web pages. Learn how to apply passwords to protect worksheets and authenticate users. CEUs 1.0

Prerequisites Excel Intermediate recommended

Microsoft PowerPoint

Course Description

With Microsoft PowerPoint create colorful and powerful presentations. When using PowerPoint you can organize and present information using creative visual aids. PowerPoint is a full feature program that provides a wide variety of editing and formatting features as well as sophisticated visual elements such as clip art WordArt and drawn objects.

MS PowerPoint 2010 Basic MOS 103

This hybrid course online and instructor led will cover the basic skills and knowledge you will need to get started using PowerPoint including how to create and format new presentations create and format slide content customize slide masters arrange slides and change presentation elements. CEUs 1.0

Prerequisites None

MS PowerPoint 2010 Intermediate MOS 203

In the Intermediate PowerPoint course you will learn how to work with the slide layout and themes how to change the appearance of slides along with working with tables charts and diagrams. Learn how to enhance your presentations by working with graphical objects. CEUs 1.0

Prerequisites PowerPoint Basic recommended

MS PowerPoint 2010 Advanced MOS 303

In the Advanced PowerPoint course you will learn how to add multimedia elements to your presentations learn how to create SmartArt diagrams insert and modify illustrations and shapes. Add sound and narration to your presentations. Learn how to print and deliver your finished
presentations. CEUs 1.0

Prerequisites PowerPoint Intermediated recommended

MS Outlook 2010 MOS 104

Course Description

Microsoft Outlook is the email client included with the Microsoft Office suite. It is designed to operate as an independent personal information manager as an Internet mail client or in conjunction with the Microsoft Exchange Server for group scheduling email and task management. It manages email calendars contacts tasks to do lists and documents or files on the hard drive. Outlook helps you communicate through email phone support and group scheduling capabilities. Outlook also helps you share information by means of public folders forms and Internet connectivity. Outlook juggles scheduling groupware personal information contacts tasks email and documents all in one place and allow you to create and view information using a consistent interface. You can find information easily with Windows shortcuts which let you navigate to any private public or file system folders. Outlook lets you arrange information any way you want to see it.  CEUs 1.0

Prerequisites None

Microsoft Access

Course Description

Microsoft Access is a database management software application created as a part of the Microsoft Office suite application. The program may be used to build simple applications or aid in the development of application software. Users have the ability to track and report information through the use of pre built applications. Applications allow one to modify and alter information accessed via email. Data from external applications may be imported. Detailed reports can also be manipulated to display information that helps in facilitating business decisions.

MS Access 2010 Basic MOS 105

This hybrid course online and instructor led will cover the basic skills and knowledge you will need to get started using Access this basic Microsoft Access classes offer a tour of the software and introduces new users to the features and advantages of Microsoft Access. Explore the program and learn core skills such as finding and using database templates creating tables and modifying forms and reports. CEUs 1.0
Prerequisites None

MS Access 2010 Intermediate MOS 205

In Intermediate Microsoft Access classes such as database development students learn more advanced skills such as how to add fields to a table assign data types and format table views. Tasks such as customizing forms importing data and grouping data are introduced and students are given the chance to become comfortable with these new skills. Other topics covered in Intermediate Microsoft Access classes may include mail merge and switchboard forms.  CEUs 1.0
Prerequisites Access Basic recommended

MS Access 2010 Advanced MOS 305

Advanced Microsoft Access classes teach students the more powerful aspects of Microsoft Access including pivot tables and charts crosstab queries and macros. Students practice adding form command buttons adding report sections and applying advanced query wizards. An advanced Microsoft Access class also teaches students how to create calculated controls and running sums. A solid grasp of basic Microsoft Access skills is required and introductory and intermediate Microsoft Access classes are recommended prerequisites. CEUs 1.0

Prerequisites Intermediate Access recommended

MS SharePoint 2010 MOS 106 Level I

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010 your people can set up Web sites to share information with others manage documents from start to finish and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions. The capabilities of SharePoint 2010 work together to help your company quickly respond to changing business needs. Using SharePoint 2010 you can share ideas and expertise create custom solutions for specific needs and find the right business information to make better decisions. For IT SharePoint 2010 helps you cut training and maintenance costs save time and effort and focus on higher business priorities. CEUs 1.0

Prerequisites Working knowledge of MS Office Suite