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UNM-Los Alamos announces its first courses as a member of the Microsoft IT Academy Program. UNM-LA is the only organization in northern New Mexico that offers Microsoft Official Curriculum Courses.
“UNM-LA offers these courses at extremely competitive package pricing, along with many extras,” Program Coordinator Gary Garrett said.
Exam vouchers for certification exams (accepted by Prometric testing centers) are included in the package. See the website for a full list of package extras.
The courses will be offered in a unique 10-week format beginning February 1, said Garrett.
Courses will meet one day a week (Wednesday) for eight hours. The courses to be offered are: Installing and Configuring Windows 7 client (6292A) and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployments and Environments (6294A).
The courses are offered back to back to leverage common technologies.
The first certification exam (70-680, MCTS: Windows 7) will be scheduled during the fourth week and the second certification exam (70-686, the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7) during week 10.
The Microsoft IT Academy is designed to keep IT professionals up to date on the latest Microsoft technologies and to prepare students for Microsoft Certification exams.
The Microsoft IT Academy Program provides students with access to the latest Microsoft software and course materials in a lab environment using the latest hardware.
Microsoft certification benefits companies by providing them with technically proficient professionals with in-depth knowledge.
According to a study conducted by the International Data Corporation surveying 1,100 IT managers, 75 percent of managers believe that certifications are important to job performance. Certified teams are 28 percent more productive.
The UNM-LA program provides a number of advantages, Garrett said.
“The 10-week format makes it easier to fully understand the technical material. Boot camp style programs use a three to five day format that crams the material into the student’s brains as quickly as possible. It’s a fire hose model.”
In addition, UNM-LA offers instruction by trained college teachers with years of classroom experience who are also Microsoft Certified Trainers.
A major advantage of the program is the availability of classes in Los Alamos, Garrett said. No travel expenses are involved, with minimal disruption to work and personal schedules.
“Taking the class at home helps students build a local technical support network. In addition, we expect students will have higher exam success rates than commercial boot camp programs,” Garrett said.