Monday's announcement took place at Wake County's Leesville Road High School, one of the 37 high schools currently piloting the IT Academy program.
An additional 20 school districts have agreed to field test the program in select high schools beginning in January 2011 in time for the second semester of the school year.
NCDPI leaders say they anticipate all of the state's 628 public high schools will participate in the 2011-12 school year.
Students are able to earn certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) or a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) by completing the Microsoft IT Academy coursework and passing certification exams.
By the fall of 2011, the NCDPI is recommending that all high schools use the Microsoft IT Academy curriculum in teaching their students Computer Applications I, a course in the Career and Technical Education Standard Course of Study.
For more information about the program visit NCDPI's website