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.