- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s public universities and colleges are partnering with Microsoft Corp. to prepare students for high-tech careers.

Higher education officials announced the program, called Microsoft IT Academy, on Monday in a news release.

The program will provide curriculum, professional development and certification of students for information technology skills.

Community and Technical College Education vice chancellor Sarah Tucker says the collaboration with Microsoft will strengthen information technology credentials currently offered by community and technical colleges.

Tucker says the program also will give students flexibility in pursuing high-level certifications.

The state’s Internet services provider, the West Virginia Network, is sponsoring the program’s first year.

A similar program for public schools grades K-12 was announced earlier this year.

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