La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, PA, was one of the elite technology programs selected to attend the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Forum at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA.
Peter Sigmund (right), MCSE, MCTS, Chief Information Officer, and Braden J. Bonner (left), MCP, MTA, Network and Website Administrator, represented La Salle at the forum which showcases the creative ways educators are transforming learning through technology. After receiving an unprecedented number of applications, Microsoft selected 102 educators from 25 states to highlight their innovative projects.
Microsoft chose La Salle for its unique Lab Manager Program which gives students hands on experience maintaining, upgrading, and managing the school’s network of 30 servers and 1600 users. From fixing problems, or teaching others, the students on this team gain leadership and teaching skills, as well as knowledge of technology. They also gain networking experience from hands on work.
The Lab Manager Program is just one of the various technology programs La Salle offers. La Salle has met the rigorous Microsoft standards to become the only high school IT Academy in Pennsylvania. It teaches official Microsoft IT Academy courses which culminate in students taking Microsoft certification exams. La Salle was also one of only two academic institutions that worked with Microsoft to deploy and validate Windows Server 8 prior to the public launch in February 2012.