Indiana Departments of Education and Workforce Development Announce Indiana Pilot of Microsoft IT Academy

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Daniel Altman
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

NAPPANEE – On January 16, Ryne Ewald and Lucas Zurcher became the first students at Northwood High School to receive industry-recognized certification from the Microsoft IT Academy. Ewald and Zurcher are only sophomores in high school, but they are already taking advantage of resources that will have a huge impact on both college and career.

These students are participating in a pilot of the Microsoft IT Academy, a joint project between the Indiana Departments of Education and Workforce Development. This pilot is a partnership between the two departments and Microsoft to help Indiana residents, both secondary students and adults, obtain the basic computer and productivity skills needed for many types of careers. 89 schools are currently part of the pilot, with 61 Work One Centers to be added later this year.

This pilot allows these schools and Work One Centers to take place in the IT Academy at no cost to the schools. Among other benefits, the Academy makes 30 different certifications available to attendees, gives schools “lab licenses” for Office 2010 or 2013 and provides professional development for Hoosier educators.

“I am incredibly excited to be a part of this announcement,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “As an educator, I am well aware of the necessity for our students to have access and exposure to Information Technology that is vital for them moving forward. Programs such as this provide much needed resources for our schools and educators, and additional learning for our children.

In the coming weeks DWD will be integrating the Microsoft IT Academy courses throughout Indiana’s network of WorkOne centers. Further details regarding Microsoft IT Academy offerings at WorkOne locations will be available in the near future. For more information about WorkOne locations and programs, visit

More information on this program can be found at A list of schools participating in the pilot can be found below.

  • Academy for Science & Entrepreneurship
  • Anderson High School
  • Area 18 CTE Cooperative
  • Area 30 Career Center
  • Area 31 Career Center
  • Argos Jr-Sr High School
  • Arsenal Tech High School
  • Avon High School
  • Benjamin Bosse High School
  • Benton Central Jr-Sr High School
  • Blackford High School
  • Blue River Valley Jr-Sr High School
  • Boone Grove High School
  • Brownstown Central High School
  • Carmel High School
  • Central Noble Jr-Sr High School
  • Century Career Center
  • Clay High School
  • Cloverdale High School
  • Columbus Area Career Connection
  • Connersville Senior High School
  • Crown Point High School
  • Danville Community High School
  • Dekalb High School
  • Dunbar-Pulaski Academic & Career Center
  • East Central High School
  • East Chicago Central High School
  • East Noble High School
  • Eastern Greene High School
  • Edgewood High School
  • Emmerich Manual High School
  • Fishers High School
  • Floyd Central High School
  • Forest Park Jr-Sr High School
  • Franklin County High School
  • Fremont High School
  • Garrett High School
  • Greenfield Central High School
  • Hagerstown Jr-Sr High School
  • Hamilton Southeastern High School
  • Harrison High School (Tippecanoe)
  • Heartland Career Center
  • Heritage Hill Career Center
  • Hinds Career Center
  • Homestead Senior High School
  • Jasper High School
  • Jeffersonville High School
  • Kankakee Valley High School
  • Knox Community High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Lost River Career Cooperative
  • Manchester Jr-Sr High School
  • Marion High School
  • McCutcheon High School
  • Mckenzie Career for Innovation & Technology
  • Merrillville High School
  • Michigan City High School
  • Morristown Jr-Sr High School
  • Mount Vernon High School
  • Munster High School
  • New Albany Senior High School
  • New Castle High School
  • North Central High School
  • North High School
  • North Lawrence Career Center
  • Northview High School
  • Northwest Community High School
  • NorthWood High School
  • Perry Central Jr-Sr High School
  • Perry Meridian High School
  • Peru High School
  • Pike High School
  • Portage High School
  • Richmond High School
  • Rushville Consolidated High School
  • Salem High School
  • Seymour Senior High School
  • South Newton Senior High School
  • Southwestern High School (Shelbyville)
  • Switzerland County Senior High School
  • Twin Lakes Senior High School
  • Waldron Jr-Sr High School
  • Walker Career Center
  • Warsaw Area Career Center
  • Warsaw Community High School
  • Washington High School
  • Washington High School
  • Wawasee High School
  • Wayne High School