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Summer IT Academy

Summer Courses 2020

At La Salle College High School it is sometimes very difficult to take all of the classes that one would like to take. Our world-class Microsoft IT Academy curriculum will help you obtain the hands-on skills and experience that you need to succeed in technology careers - now available in the summer! These classes are now available to area schools from grades 6 - 12. In fact, many certification holders in the past have been from local grade schools exploring a future in technology.

Program Vision

La Salle College High School has been a Microsoft IT Academy at the highest level (Level One) for over twelve years. This program has benefitted countless numbers of La Salle students who have continued to become Microsoft Certified to the highest levels. They have moved on to become extremely successful and experts in their respective fields after completing undergraduate studies. The vision of the Summer Program is to extend that success outside of the La Salle College High School Community.

Course Location

The courses will be offered in the Computer Center at La Salle College High School.

What is the La Salle IT Academy?

The program offers classroom and online learning, Hands-On Labs, and access to hundreds of courses, books, cutting-edge resources, and collaboration tools. Most important, you can earn valuable Microsoft Certifications, which can increase your chances of getting a good job in today’s tough economy. There is a global need for people highly skilled in Microsoft technologies, and Microsoft Certifications are the credentials you need to impress employers and colleges.

Course Cost: $1,600
(Discounted Rates Available)

June 15, 2020 - June 25, 2020

Monday-Thursday 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM - 3:00PM

About Certification

According to Larry Dignan, Editorial Director of TechRepublic, in his recent ZDNet blog, IT certifications will be more relevant than ever due to the unstable economy, unsettled workforce, and new technology and platforms. He lists 10 reasons why:

#1: Job Retention

When organizations are faced with the difficult decision of workforce reductions, they will want to retain those who are the most skillful and knowledgeable. Though not a guarantee, those with certifications will have more of an insurance policy.

#2: Salary Maintenance

It is becoming commonplace, especially in government organizations, to see employees being asked to take a pay cut. The certification will not protect you from a reduction in compensation, but those that hold IT certifications, “including A+, Security+, Microsoft credentials, and other accreditations,” typically can pull in higher salaries so when a pay cut is implemented, these professionals will still be earning more then their non-certified counterparts.

​​​​​​​#3: Hiring and Promotion Eligibility

Believe it or not, some organizations are actually hiring and promoting employees. Those with certifications have a competitive edge over others that are going for the same position. Not only do the certifications on a resume get a hiring manager’s attention, in many cases, they are becoming a requirement for the job.

#4: Career Improvement

Many positions have a ceiling in which there are no more growth opportunities within that particular job function. The only option for career advancement for some employees is to re-tool their skill base. IT certifications become the trigger for opening the door to these new growth opportunities.

#5: New-Generation Certifications Increase Relevance

Certifications are receiving a boost from considerable reworking. Many organizations, including CompTIA and Cisco, are revamping and redesigning exams and instructional initiatives. And Microsoft really stands out due to the variety and impact of changes made to its training and certification program.

​​​​​​​#6: Organizations Will Become More Discriminating

Organizations are scrutinizing their expenses more than before and will be ensuring that the firms they outsource to are the most skilled, knowledgeable, and competent. Consultants with IT certifications are better able to demonstrate that expertise to clients.

#7: New Products Will Gain Momentum

Those individuals with current IT certifications will be able to better position themselves by demonstrating knowledge and expertise with new technology and platforms as organizations begin the transition to replace older and outdated equipment.

#8: Organizations Must Minimize Downtime

With reductions in staff, production-down issues are more critical. Those remaining employees must have the appropriate training and instruction to get the business up and running again quickly. Those who have IT certification demonstrate the skills necessary to do so.

#9: Organizations Need to Reduce Costs

When reducing operating expenses, organizations know that IT certification efforts help maximize ROI. “A Kotler Marketing Group study published by CompTIA revealed certifications enabled organizations to reduce expenses, identify knowledge gaps, and improve productivity. In addition, certifications proved helpful in improving uptime and reducing turnover.”

#10: Confidence Proves Handy During Turbulent Times

According to the same Kotler Marketing Group study, 75 percent said they felt their CompTIA certifications made them more attractive to the current employer and more in demand with prospective ones.

Classes Available

Build an understanding of Security Layers, Operating System Security, Network Security, and Security Software.

Build an understanding of OS Configurations, Installing and Upgrading Client Systems, Managing Devices, and OS Maintenance

Build an understanding of Network Infrastructures, Network Hardware, and Protocols and Services

Teaching Staff

Mr. Christopher Becker

Mr. Christopher Becker

IT Academy Instructor
Mr. Braden Bonner

Mr. Braden Bonner

Director of Technology and Information Systems, Co-Moderator, Student Lab Managers, Co-Moderator, Community TechServe
Mr. Peter Sigmund

Mr. Peter Sigmund

Special Technology Adviser to the Principal, Faculty Member, Co-Moderator, Community TechServe, Moderator, Student Lab Managers

Latest Technology News

Course Costs and Policies

Early Bird Special

Register by the dates below to recieve selected discounts:

Discount Start End Price
Super Early Bird - January 1, 2020 $1,300.00
Early Bird January 2 , 2020 March 15, 2020 $1,450.00
Regular March 16, 2020 - $1,600.00


Course Costs

Tuition for the costs is $1,600 and includes all costs of the course.

What does the cost cover? Others La Salle
Tuition for the Course $2,500 $1,600
Practice Tests $300 Included
Two Exams per Student $120 Included
Official Microsoft Textbook $60 Included
Full Licensed Version Windows 8 Professional $199 Included
Full Licensed Version Windows Server 2012 $882 Included
Refreshments and Lunch on Saturday $50 Included
Total $4,100 $1,600

Certification Exam Disclaimer

The content of these courses can act only as a guide for the material that will be covered in the certification exams. You will have to review and practice to achieve mastery of the concepts and skills. Passing of these classes does not guarantee that you will pass the certification exams.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Because of the registration costs and licensing for La Salle College High School, all registration cancellations must be received via email to by the dates listed below.

Class Registration:

  • Full refund minus $250 USD processing fee when cancellation received by 11:59pm EST on Friday, May 24, 2020
  • No refund after May 24, 2020

Substitution Policy:

The original registrant should not cancel their registration, but simply contact the IT Academy at to change the registration information of the participating student.

Class Dress Code

Dress code for the Summer IT Academy is streetwear/casual clothing. Shorts and t-shirts are typical. There is no need for shirt and tie to be worn for the Summer IT Academy.

Retest Policy

The Summer IT Academy Program includes two retests at no cost. La Salle's Certification Center limits retake attempts for an individual class to no more than five attempts at a single exam