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Middle School students first to become Microsoft Certified
Middle School students first to become Microsoft Certified

Bartow, Florida -- Once upon a time you had to be a college graduate and bonafide brainiac to be a certified Microsoft pro.

Not anymore.

This year, education officials say students at eight Polk County Public Schools will have access to resources such as online classes and software when they attend the Microsoft IT Academy.

For the first time ever, middle school students who attend the Microsoft IT Academy will be able to become Microsoft Certified.

Florida is the first state in the nation to offer the program at middle schools.

The Microsoft IT Academy, which is partially sponsored by the Florida Department of Education, is designed to provide students an opportunity to earn Microsoft Certifications as they develop real-world technology skills.

It also offers educators and other staff members the opportunity for professional development.

The middle schools chosen include: 

  • Denison Middle
  • Westwood Middle
  • Gause Academy 
  • Lakeland Highlands Middle

Some high schools throughout the county were chosen as well:

  • George Jenkins High
  • Kathleen High
  • Winter Haven High
  • Tenoroc High 
  • Gause Academy's high school division

The eight Polk County Public Schools are part of a total of 214 Florida schools that have been earmarked for this program.

Microsoft IT Academy begins this fall at no cost to the district.

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