Microsoft Programs that Help Faculty and Students

Students to Business, Imagine Cup & Dream Sparks

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The Center of Excellence for Information and Computing Technology recently had an in-depth orientation on three Microsoft programs that are available to faculty and students at no-cost.  The Students to Business (S2B), Imagine Cup, and Dream Spark programs are exciting and designed to engage, stimulate innovation and competition, provide opportunities for valuable certifications, and help your students find entry-level and internship positions.

The Students to Business (S2B) program (opens in a new window) is a Microsoft® Community Initiative designed to connect Microsoft partners and customers with qualified students for entry-level and internship positions.

The objective of the S2B program is to inspire local businesses to communicate the competency requirements for new talent, to evaluate the skills of students ready for an entry-level job or internship and collaborate with Microsoft and local education institutions to provide the curriculum and training needed to ensure students are prepared to meet the innovation needs of company’s around the globe.

Using your local Microsoft Students to Business (S2B) program your university can:

  • Register students to receive Microsoft-job opportunities in your region
  • Connect to local industry leaders for technology spotlights and career mentoring
  • Offer students internships and jobs using Microsoft Technologies
  • Promote course offerings to students looking to enhance their career skills
  • Enhance your universities reputation with the local software industry.

Imagine Cup: Solve the World’s Toughest Problems

The Imagine Cup encourages young people to apply their imagination, their passion and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world – today. Now in its eighth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real world issues. Register (opens in a new window) and find out more…

Competition Categories

  • Software Design
  • Embedded Development
  • Game Design
  • Digital Media
  • IT Challenge

Dream Spark: Dream Today. Create Tomorrow

DreamSpark provides professional-level developer and design tools to students and educators around the world at no charge. These Microsoft tools will help you advance your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science, and engineering activities.  High Schools, Vocational and Trade Schools, Community Colleges, and Universities are all eligible to participate in the DreamSpark program. Simply put, any accredited school around the world is eligible.  DreamSpark has loads of products! You can see the entire list by visiting the DreamSpark home page (opens in a new window) all of them are listed for easy access.

Oh, and by the way? These are the serious versions for serious people. We’re talking, the big-time stuff.

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