Dunbar High School, the First Microsoft Certified School in the World

By May 18, 2018 August 1st, 2023 Blog

Since 2014 we have supported Dunbar High School, which draws a high number of minority and low-income students in Ft. Myers, FL. After initiating its Academy for Technology Excellence in 2005, Dunbar HS received the attention of Microsoft when its students consistently earned rigorous Information Technology credentialing. Microsoft decided to partner with Dunbar HS, awarding the school the distinction of becoming its first Microsoft Certified High School in the US and in the world. Harnessing the momentum and determined to provide students with more opportunity, Dunbar has since added Academies for Digital, Game Design, Programming and Engineering Excellence. It additionally has collaborated to develop a local business advisory board, including IT businesses and local colleges to promote the Academies’ growth, sustainability, awareness and an extensive group of businesses interested in providing Dunbar students with internship and employment opportunities. We’ve been pleased to support college and career readiness by funding tools tied to tech credentialing. We believe in Dunbar’s capacity to draw more students because of the Academies and provide the experience and resources needed for high schoolers to go to and through college, or to acquire valuable qualifications in a vocation of their calling.

Read more about Dunbar High School as it was featured on the Alliance for Excellent Education.


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