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Oct 06

Virginia High School Students Earn Microsoft Master Certifications

In an announcement from the Governor’s office on October 4th, the high schools in the Commonwealth  having students that achieved the Microsoft Master Certificates were listed.

As  a result of Virginia’s ITA partnership during the 2011-2012 school year:

  • Approximately  45,000 students were enrolled in 28 high school career and technical education  courses that were aligned to the Microsoft IT Academy program content.
  • 6,651  individual students earned 6,866 Microsoft ITA certifications
  • 32  students achieved the Microsoft Office Specialist Master Level (to achieve the  Master Level, a student must pass four individual Microsoft Office Suite  examinations that include Word Expert, Excel Expert, PowerPoint, and one of  four elective exams such as Access
  • 276  individual teachers earned 301 Microsoft IT certifications
  • 1,  092 teachers and staff participated in Microsoft Academy program training

The  students who earned Microsoft Master Certifications attend the following high  schools:

  • Bassett High School
  • Grafton High School
  • Halifax High School
  • Hayfield Secondary    High School
  • Herndon High School
  • Lee High School    (Fairfax)
  • Sherando High School
  • Smithfield High    School
  • South County High    School
  • Louisa County High    School
  • Advanced Technology Center – Princess Anne High School
  • Windsor High School

A Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)  certification helps validate proficiency in using Microsoft Office 2010 and  meets the demand for the most up-to-date skills on the latest Microsoft  technologies. Students who pass a certification exam differentiate themselves  in today’s competitive job market by showing that they can meet globally  recognized performance standards. Individual certifications are also available  in Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office XP.  Candidates must pass one certification exam in order to earn a MOS  certification.

The MOS Master Certification helps  demonstrate an individual’s overall comprehension of and expertise in using  Microsoft Office programs. Microsoft Office Specialist Masters are technically  skilled to take advantage of the breadth of features efficiently and  effectively. Research indicates that certified individuals have increased  competence, productivity and credibility with their employers, co-workers and  clients. For employers, the certification provides skill-verification tools  that not only help assess a person’s skills in using Microsoft Office programs  but also the ability to quickly complete on-the-job tasks across multiple  programs in the Microsoft Office system.

Congratulations to these schools and their students for this achievement.

Link to Governor McDonnell’s Release