By Margo Day, Vice President, U.S. Education: Student Advantage provides tomorrow’s leaders with valuable skills for success

 Margo Day, Vice President, U.S. EducationCompetition for today’s best jobs is tough, and we can only assume it will be even tougher in the future. That’s why it is so critical students across the U.S. gain the essential skills that propel them to the top of all hiring managers’ top candidates.
A recent study from IDC that
analyzed 14.6 million job postings found that written and oral communication and Microsoft Office are the top two most in-demand skills for high growth/high wage jobs.

Microsoft Office is available for PCs and tablets across mostl platforms, the problem for many students though is access; cost or broadband restraints. Our new Student Advantage benefit can solve both barriers and provide students with the tools needed to gain those most important skills. If your school licenses Microsoft Office for faculty and staff, students get Office at no additional cost.

Student Advantage elevates Microsoft Office 365 Education plan A2 which already provides web-based services to schools for email, calendaring, web conferencing, online document editing, storage and sharing for free. With Student Advantage students will have access to the full Office suite used by Fortune 500 companies and small businesses around the world online and offline. The enterprise-quality applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and more give students the tools to be productive and create a more immersive and personalized learning experience.  When combined with the free online document storage and collaboration services available in Office 365 Education, students can more securely access their school work from almost any internet connected device without concerns that their files and communications are getting scanned for advertising purposes. 

Student Advantage addresses the very real needs of our fast-changing global economy. A recent [View:~/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-89-61/study-_2800_Infographic_2900_.pdf:100:0] by IDC highlighted the growing number of “hard skills” – required in job postings.


 The Right Solution for Students

In today’s hyper-connected world, students use a variety of devices, a laptop, tablet, or cell phone every day to communicate and do real work. That is why it is so important students have a unified solution that would provide the same reliable and robust experience across numerous platforms.

  • Fresno Unified School District, the fourth largest district in California, chose Windows 8.1 and Student Advantage to move forward with its 1:1 initiative that includes Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Whether on a PC, Mac, or iPad, Fresno USD students have the power to create, communicate, and collaborate at their fingertips.
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools is another example; the fourth largest district in the U.S. is also taking advantage of a Windows 8.1 device and Student Advantage solution to bridge the divide between students who have access to technology, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do not.

Since December 1, 2013, when Student Advantage became available, more than 4 million U.S. students now have access to the full version of Office at no additional cost to their school. Today's students are tomorrow’s leaders. We are committed to ensuring our students are set up for success in the future which is why we are committed to creating a world where any learner has access to the most powerful technology tools to achieve their goals. We’re making it easy for schools to get access to Student Advantage and provide training to help educators effectively leverage the tools at their fingertips.

Get Student Advantage for your School

If your school provides Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus to your faculty and staff using either an Enrollment for Education Solutions or an Open Value Subscription for Education Solutions licensing agreement, you now qualify for this new benefit for students. If you do not have one of these enrollments, you can still learn more about qualifying for the benefit by contacting your Microsoft account team or your Authorized Education Reseller today.

Additional Resources:

  • Already have Office 365 today, get started with Student Advantage by following the guidance on this blog post 
  • Get started with Office 365, attend the webcast mentioned above and review additional guidance on how to get started.
  • Already have Student Advantage, here are some ways to get the word out to your students.
  • Strengthen your Office Skills: Every Tuesday you or your technology team can participate in an interactive Office 365 for Education webcast to hear about the services and pose questions to our team.
  • Additional work is underway with Partners in Learning to help teachers deliver engaging learning experiences that integrate technology into their curriculum. 

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