NCCE Professional Learning – Global Training Partner for Microsoft
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – In 2016, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education) partnered with Microsoft to become a Global Training Partner for Education. Shortly after NCCE was approached about the global training effort it was only a matter of weeks before NCCE professional learning specialists were traveling to their first destination, Johannesburg, South Africa. In Johannesburg, 10 countries were represented at the training event, with training partners introduced to Microsoft products specific to K-12 education in specialized trainings hosted by NCCE.
After leaving Johannesburg, the team continued their quest to Denmark to continue the Global Partner Training program in Copenhagen. Through the remainder of 2016 NCCE will participate in similar events in New Delhi, India; Istanbul, Turkey; Mexico City, and Singapore.
CEO/Executive Director of NCCE, and longtime Coeur d’Alene resident, Heidi Rogers, has been at the helm of NCCE since 2002. “I often joke that the geography of our organization now depends on where you’re standing. We’ve had opportunities to train across the United States, US Territories, and now globally. The relationship we’ve built with Microsoft has allowed our Idaho-based organization to do truly amazing things around the world.” NCCE is also nearing the end of their third consecutive year of training in the US Virgin Islands in St. Thomas and has sixty-five trainers across the US.
NCCE’s Director of Professional Development, Becky Firth, has been with NCCE for the past seven years after a successful career in education in Washington State, and leads all professional development efforts for the organization. “The passion and willingness to learn that the participants have has been one of many highlights of my career, and to witness how far they have come and how much they realize they can achieve has really been something special. These projects are designed to utilize NCCE’s expertise, experience, and knowledge to expose educators to effective, available technology.”