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Microsoft IT Academy


El Centro College, located in downtown Dallas, is an authorized Microsoft IT Academy, providing quality training with certified Microsoft Professionals using authorized course materials.

Microsoft IT Academies are recognized as premier providers of world-class IT Training programs that prepare students for careers and certifications on Microsoft advanced technologies.

Training is conducted in a fast-paced, 8 week format with credit and non-credit courses scheduled during the evening and online.

The Microsoft Certification program offered at El Centro College validates the skills you use every day and helps you improve your technology problem-solving skills and your performance on the job. Earning a Microsoft Certification validates your proven experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions. Whether you are new to technology, changing jobs, or a seasoned IT professional, becoming certified demonstrates to customers, peers, and employers that you are committed to advancing your skills and taking on greater challenges.

Training is conducted in a fast-paced, 8 week format with credit and non-credit courses scheduled during the evening and online. All courses are designed to help prepare students to take the appropriate Microsoft Certified Professional exams including MCSE (windows Server 2003). MCSA, MCDBA, MCSD and MCAD, as well as Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCTIP) Server Administrator, Enterprise Administrator and Enterprise Support Technician. MCTIP courses are being offered now and certificate and associate degree tracks will be available June 1, 2010.

In addition to certification preparation, courses taken for credit can be applied toward one of the following certificates or associate degrees.
 
See Class Schedule for offerings.

The following tables list Microsoft Certifications by name and describe how they enable IT professionals to display and validate their skills and experience.
 
It Professional
MCTS A Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification enables IT professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise.
MCITP A Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification enables IT professionals to demonstrate comprehensive skills in planning, deploying, supporting, maintaining, and optimizing IT infrastructures.
MCDST A Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification enables IT professionals to demonstrate technical and customer service skills in troubleshooting hardware and software operation issues in Microsoft Windows environments.
MCSA A Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification enables IT professionals to demonstrate their ability to administer network and systems environments that are based on the Windows operating systems. Specializations include the MCSA: Messaging and the MCSA: Security.
MCDBA A Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) certification enables IT professionals to demonstrate their ability to design, implement, and administer Microsoft SQL Server databases.
MCSE A Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification enables IT professionals to demonstrate their ability to design and implement an infrastructure solution that is based on the Windows operating system and Windows Server software. Specializations include the MCSE: Messaging and the MCSE: Security.
Microsoft Certified Business Management Solutions Specialist A Microsoft Certified Business Management Solutions Specialist certification enables IT professionals to demonstrate their proficiency with Microsoft Dynamics and related business products.
Microsoft Certified Business Management Solutions Professional A Microsoft Certified Business Management Solutions Professional certification enables IT professionals to demonstrate professional proficiency with Microsoft Dynamics in one of three areas: applications, developer, or installation and configuration.
 
Developer
MCPD A Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification enables IT professionals to demonstrate comprehensive skills in designing, developing, and deploying applications for a particular job role. These certifications show that you have the skills required to perform the job successfully.
MCAD A Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) certification enables IT professionals to demonstrate their ability to use Microsoft technologies to develop and maintain department-level applications, components, Web or desktop clients, or back-end data services.
MCSD A Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certification enables IT professionals to demonstrate their ability to design and develop leading-edge business solutions with Microsoft development tools, technologies, platforms, and the Windows operating system.