One million Communities In Schools (CIS) students and staff across the US are to receive Microsoft Office 365 at home, for free, thanks to a three-year deal with Microsoft and technology partner Comparex.
CIS is a dropout prevention organisation in the US. Through this collaboration, it will be making Office 365 Pro Plus – which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, Lync and OneDrive – available to its students at no cost to them to help them better prepare for the modern workplace. Students will also have access to training and certifications via Microsoft’s IT Academy.
“This unprecedented collaboration will allow our national network of 200 affiliates to provide their students with technology that can help close the achievement gap and better prepare students for real jobs,” said CIS president Dan Cardinali. “Moreover, by relieving affiliates of the burden of hardware, software and IT costs, we can effectively free up resources that can be used to help more kids stay in school and succeed in life. We are grateful to our technology partner Comparex for brokering this effort with Microsoft.”
Last year, Comparex was recognised as Microsoft’s 2014 US Education Cloud Platform Partner of the Year. It also recently completed the successful migration of the CIS national office to the Microsoft Cloud.
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