Model High students earn Microsoft certification
98 earn Microsoft certification credentials at Model High
Posted on 09/17/2013
Model instructor Bill Hosmer assists senior Davy Fisher in computer lab
When Model High joined Microsoft's IT Academy at the end of last school year, the move allowed Model to become a testing site and provide easier access for students to seek industry certification.  Those possibilities are now becoming reality for Model teens as ninety-eight (98) Model High students have taken, and passed, the Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate exam as part of the MS IT Academy program. The certificate lets career and academic organizations know that the student has achieved a recognized level of proficiency with technology. 

The standard certification covers five major areas of technology including: computer basics, the Internet and World Wide Web, productivity programs, computer security and privacy, and digital lifestyles. The certification was earned within a modern computing environment that includes Windows 7 operating system and Office 2010 personal productivity software. The course helps students learn the essential skills to compute with confidence and be more productive at home and at work.  The course also helps them to stay safe online, use technology to complement lifestyles, and consider careers where technology skills can be put to use.  In addition, the process helps students get oriented to the testing environment they can expect when they sit for the more advanced Microsoft Office Specialist, or MOS certification exam.

“The Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum is a good starting point for students to gain confidence regarding the use of technology, stated Bill Hosmer, MS IT Academy Coordinator, and computer teacher at Model High School. "It is also important because students learn about potential risks and threats to computer security and privacy, along with knowledge of methods of preventing these threats.” 

The new certification can be very useful to students as the enter the job market.  Fifty-five percent of hiring managers consider employee certification as criterion for hiring. Hosmer added, “If you have two students standing in line with their applications and resume’s to work weekends at a local business, one applicant has an industry recognized credential from Microsoft, and the other applicant does not, the credential can certainly be a deciding factor because the certified individual has a proven level of understanding and proficiency using technology and can quickly adapt to using a cash register, scanner, or other technology.” 

Students enrolled in the MS IT Academy are using a variety of tools to hone their skills using personal productivity programs and preparing for the more advanced MOS – Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam. Model High School recently became an authorized Certiport Testing Site so students can conveniently sit for their certification exams without leaving campus. “I think

the MS IT Academy has been good for our business programs here at Model High School." Hosmer said.  "The program has raised the bar and given students the opportunity to enhance their resumes by adding industry recognized credentials that will help them in their career goals, academic work, and personal pursuits.”