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MICROSOFT IT ACADEMY PROGRAMS HELP CUMBERLAND COUNTY STUDENTS

Logan McLean opened the Microsoft Excel program and began to review everything he has learned since the beginning of the school year.He ran through tasks of inserting mathematical expressions in worksheets.

Logan will be among the Cumberland County students who take an exam next week to earn certification as a Microsoft Office specialist.Logan, a senior at Jack Britt High School, is already certified in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint through the Microsoft IT Academy.The certifications will boost his college applications and make him more marketable when he enters the workforce, he said."Pretty much any job you go into, you are required to use a computer," said Logan. "If you know how to use these programs, you're ahead of everyone else."Since 2010, North Carolina has offered the Microsoft IT Academy to all public high schools. Students learn programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.Students earn certifications as Microsoft Office specialists or Microsoft certified professionals by completing the academy's coursework and passing exams.