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Microsoft IT Academy a hit at Springfield Central State High School

Staff and students at Springfield Central State High School are reaping the rewards of the Microsoft IT Academy.

The state winner of the 2013 Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Championships and his business teacher believe it is a program all schools should get involved in - especially now that students can gain Queensland Certificate of Education credit.

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Microsoft IT Academy a hit at Springfield Central State High School

Aidan, Springfield Central State High School, Year 9 student:

Through the Microsoft IT Academy I have learnt to use Microsoft Excel to its full potential. I can make graphs, tables and stuff for school assessment and for work later in life - when I have an actual job.

Cecilia Schmidt, Springfield Central State High School, business studies teacher:

The IT Academy program is a fabulous way for students to get the hands-on skills with the programs we are delivering at the time. In this particular case it was Excel - and it gives them that certification at the end. They actually have that evidence to say 'yes, I am qualified. I can run this program and use it'.

I think that is a big step forward for Springfield. It ensures that the kids are getting real-life qualification as they progress through the school year.

Aidan, Springfield Central State High School, Year 9 student:

The good thing about the Microsoft IT Academy is that you can use it 24/7, whether you're at school, home or anywhere.

Students can also receive Queensland Certificate of Education points for each Microsoft IT Academy certification they successfully complete...

Cecilia Schmidt, Springfield Central State High School, business studies teacher:

I think that's absolutely amazing. We were so astounded and happy to hear that. An extra Queensland Certificate of Education point for every qualification they complete in a different software program - or if they go on to do other things as well.

It honestly helps kids to finish their Queensland Certificate of Education. But it is also great for them to see it's really important and they've got this real-life program.

The Queensland Government is absolutely seeing it as important as well.

Aidan, Springfield Central State High School, Year 9 student:

As a student, it means that I have higher security is knowing that I'll be able to get a Queensland Certificate of Education and not have to worry about Year 11 and 12 if I did not already have points towards it.

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Last reviewed
13 August 2013
Last updated
13 August 2013
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