In an ongoing effort to meet the technology workforce demands of the community, the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has teamed with Microsoft as part of the new Microsoft® IT Academy Program. TEEX is the only IT Academy in the San Antonio area and becomes one of the first in the nation chosen to deliver this training program.
As a Microsoft IT Academy Program member school, TEEX now offers Microsoft Official Curriculum courses that lead to certifications of Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA), and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD).
“These Microsoft credentials are widely respected and coveted by employers,” says Jackie Gorman, division head of the TEEX Career Advancement and Applied Technology Training Division. “Being selected for this designation is great news, not only for us, as an affirmation of the quality training we offer, but for our students, who will gain a competitive edge through this training program. ”
The demand for skilled Information Technology (IT) workers has never been greater. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections from 1998-2008, four of the five fastest-growing occupations in the economy are all computer-related, with employment numbers expected to grow up to 108 percent.
“This program is a large component of San Antonio’s overall initiative to create high paying, high-technology jobs by promoting the Information Technology Sector as a major industry for our city,” says Bob Sanchez, chairman of Frontline Computer Systems, Inc, and SATAI Board Member.
“The Microsoft IT Academy Program is aimed squarely at helping schools in their mission to deliver quality training to their students seeking certifications, degrees or who are otherwise continuing their education,” said Diana Carew, Program Manager, Workforce Development and Community College Relations for the Education Solutions Group at Microsoft.
This new training opportunity will be good news for many in the San Antonio job market: according to a study by the Information Technology Association of America, hiring managers report an anticipated shortfall of 425,000 IT workers to fill their open positions this year.