Despite a recession that has hit the economy in general and the technology sector in particular, Microsoft Corp. has announced the launch of a new information technology (IT) training and certification program for both high schools and higher education institutions.

Other providers of training and certification programs aimed at high-school students also predict a continued demand for IT training courses, despite the softening economy.

The Microsoft IT Academy program includes product licenses, faculty training at regional centers, technical support, and community-building tools—such as online seminars and newsletters—for participants. A reduced-cost membership

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