During February’s “College and Career Readiness” virtual event, Kathy Schmidt, a teacher at Kalama High School in Kalama, WA, shared how the town of 2,500 is on the tech-skilling fast track at the high school level, thanks to IT Academy. Watch this clip to hear Kathy’s tips on teaching with MOS certification and keeping students motivated.

Also hear from James Willman, a Kalama High School junior who won the 2013 FBLA National Championship for Microsoft Office 2010 Excel Core and Expert, about the confidence he’s gained through certification.

“Certification has given me an amazing amount of confidence,” James says. “I go out and apply for jobs that I never would have applied for. I’m certified and I’m confident.”

Watch more interviews, discussions and presentations on our YouTube channel. And be sure to register for our upcoming monthly webinars—live virtual events where IT Academy team members and special guests provide insight into skills development, certification, employability, and job opportunities for college and career-bound students.