Microsoft IT Academy makes an impact at Model High
Thirteen at Model High earn Microsoft certification
Posted on 12/16/2013
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The first wave of Model students has earned their Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certificates in the Model Microsoft IT Academy.  Twelve of thirteen Model students and the Model program instructor passed the rigorous exam for an overall pass rate of 92.8%.  Model earned designation as a Microsoft IT Academy in the spring opening tremendous opportunities in IT certification for teens in the Model community.  

The twelve students at Model High earning certification were: Jacob Stewart, Zachary Jenkins, Justin Reynolds, Jeffrey Kennedy, Garrett Johnson, Garrett Hoffrogge, Taylor Reese, Jesse Griffin, Lamya Khateeb, Madison Jeter, Sarah Wilson, and Austin Price.  Jacob Stewart earned certification in Microsoft Word while the others earned certification in PowerPoint 2010.  The passing score on the Microsoft exam is seven-hundred. Scores by Model High students ranged from 700 to 914 with the average score being 838.  Microsoft IT Academy coordinator, and teacher at Model High, Mr. Bill Hosmer, also earned his certificate. 

A second group of twenty-four students is preparing to take the exam in January, with additional students testing through the spring. The Microsoft IT Academy certifications hold significant advantages for graduates.  Teens leaving high school with industry certification have enhanced their skills, improved their resumes, earned college credit, and gained recognition for their accomplishments in IT. 

Hosmer, states that the academy has been a team effort involving national, state and local resources. "State Superintendent John Barge spearheaded the MS IT Academy by adopting the program originally piloted in North Carolina four years ago," Hosmer explained. "The program has also involved Microsoft and Certiport on the national level, the Georgia Department of Education in Georgia, and Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaniel, Model Principal Glenn White and Eric Waters of the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy on the local level."  

Nationally, Microsoft provided schools with free Office 2010 licenses, an online training system, online textbooks, training, and technical support. Certiport partnered with Model High School to provide a convenient on site testing location. The Georgia Department of Education Program Specialist Misty Freeman, coordinated statewide workshops and webinars to help teachers learn about academy resources and curriculum changes. Superintendent McDaniel and Principal, White assured local support with computer labs, software and support for the program to move forward. Eric Waters, principal of the College and Career Academy wrote the grant to secure funds to purchase practice software and exam vouchers. Finally, the Business Department at Model High School folded the system into the standards and instruction of new and existing curriculum. 

"The main thing," says Hosmer, “is that the students are buying into the IT Academy by realizing that it will help them in their future academic and career pursuits.” In addition, MOS certification counts as an end-of-pathway assessment for students completing the Information Support career pathway.