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The goal of this grant is to prepare 8th grade students in acquiring the introductory computer skills necessary to pursue technology based careers, and to be able to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams. Use of productivity software, such as Office, has universal applications in both business and technology industries, and certification provides a verifiable and universally accepted standard for them to meet. (Students could also be introduced to some of the skills necessary to pass the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification exams, which test a broader array of IT skills such as IT Infrastructure, Database and Developer skills. It is anticipated that students would complete their MTA and MCSA training at the high school level.)

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Learn to Earn: Industry Certification Tools

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School:
Madeira Beach Middle School (K-8) 
Subject:
Technology 
Teacher:
David Dusseault 
Students Impacted:
32 
Grade:
Date:
December 2, 2015

2% Funded

 

 

Only $1,475.00 Needed

 

 

Goal

The goal of this grant is to prepare 8th grade students in acquiring the introductory computer skills necessary to pursue technology based careers, and to be able to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams. Use of productivity software, such as Office, has universal applications in both business and technology industries, and certification provides a verifiable and universally accepted standard for them to meet. (Students could also be introduced to some of the skills necessary to pass the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification exams, which test a broader array of IT skills such as IT Infrastructure, Database and Developer skills. It is anticipated that students would complete their MTA and MCSA training at the high school level.) 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will participate in a structured curriculum through the use of Microsoft IT Academy instructional software. IT Academy is designed to assist students in acquiring the introductory computer skills necessary to pursue technology-based careers. The software specifically aligns with the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification exams. 

 

Benefits to my students

As my 8th grade students prepare to enter into their high school careers, having their first set of industry certifications under their belts will allow them to continue pursuing even more advanced skills through career academies and an increasing number of available certifications that are available to them at the secondary level. The IT Academy instructional software aligns directly with the competencies that industries have identified as essential, and that can be verified through certification. This gives students the advantage of streamlining the skills that they are learning in order to make the most of their opportunities while in school. 

 

Describe the Students

The students who would be most directly impacted would be 8th graders who are taking the Introduction to Information Technology (IIT) class. IIT is a high school credit class which is offered at our school to 8th grade students who have successfully completed our middle school business classes. The students are a mix of performance levels. Roughly 20% of the current class either has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), or a “504” educational plan, which outlines instructional accommodations. Several of the students are enrolled in AVID, which assists students in academic organization and behaviors.
Because the program would be initiated during the second semester and is good for 12 months, students who will enroll in the class during the next academic year will also be impacted. 

 

Budget Narrative

The requested amount would cover the cost of the first year of the program. Because student certifications can trigger funds being released to the program through The Florida Career and Professional Education Act (CAPE), it is hoped that this project can become affordable with little or no grant assistance next year, and be completely self-sustaining within the first two years.

If funding is only available for part of the cost, the balance could be made up from one or more of the following sources:
• Adopt-a-class funds ($425 currently available)
• Discretionary funds ($200 currently available)
• PTSA funding request or sponsorships (which would allow the adopt-a-class and discretionary funds to be preserved for other projects).
 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Microsoft IT Academy Membership (12 months) $1,500.00
  Total: $1,500.00

2% Funded

 

 

Only $1,475.00 Needed

 

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