OTHS students certified as Microsoft Office Specialists

Front row, from left: Carissa Christensen, Maggie Murphy, Makayla Mays, Christopher Duncan, Abbey Johnson, Jessica Hartman, Matthew Doyle.  Back row, from left: Jacob Dreyer, WonJun Kim, Zachary Hess, Sarah Dengler, Ethan Musenbrock, Morgan Blankenship, Jonathan Prouhet, Grant Appel, Johnathan Whitaker. (Submitted Photo)

Front row, from left: Carissa Christensen, Maggie Murphy, Makayla Mays, Christopher Duncan, Abbey Johnson, Jessica Hartman, Matthew Doyle. Back row, from left: Jacob Dreyer, WonJun Kim, Zachary Hess, Sarah Dengler, Ethan Musenbrock, Morgan Blankenship, Jonathan Prouhet, Grant Appel, Johnathan Whitaker. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – Fourteen students from O’Fallon Township High School recently earned Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Microsoft Excel. These students were enrolled Mrs. Lauren Mayberry’s Advanced Applications – Excel/Access class in Fall 2015 and were given the opportunity to sit for the certification test after completing various course activities that developed the necessary knowledge and specific skill sets required for certification. Students earning MOS Certification in Excel were Grant Appel, Morgan Blankenship, Carissa Christensen, Sarah Dengler, Matthew Doyle, Jacob Dreyer, Christopher Duncan, Jessica Hartmann, Zachary Hess, Abbey Johnson, Won Jun Kim, Makayla Mays, Maggie Murphy, and Jonathan Prouhet.

Mrs. Julie Knutson, CTE Department Chair at OTHS, said “the need for Microsoft Office skills has increased dramatically as more and more academic institutions and businesses are embracing newer technologies. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification will enable students to advance their education and start their careers with proven Office skills. Based on recognized standards, MOS certification is an important and distinguished credential for students when applying for college or jobs.”

The MOS certification is recognized globally as the premier credential to validate knowledge, skills and abilities relating to Microsoft Office applications. With more than 1 million exams taken annually in 140 countries, MOS is the leading IT certification in the world.

O’Fallon High School’s Business Department became a certified Microsoft Testing Center for OTHS students last spring. The first group of students to certify were enrolled in the Advanced Applications – Word/PowerPoint class taught by Julie Knutson last spring. Thirteen students successfully earned MOS certification in Word and one student earned certification in Excel. Those students were Brent Anderson, Jordan Bala, Caleb Carriel, Emma Coonan, Austin Halverson, Logan Harris, Taylor Harris, Jasmyn Harris, McKenna James, Abbey Johnson, Kayla Miller, Jamon Peatross, Holden Schaefer, and Alex Schneider.

Lauren Mayberry, Business Instructor, stated “Our Advanced Applications courses give our students in-demand technology skills that immediately increase their desktop computing proficiency. The certification program now lets them validate their skills and knowledge and also gets them ready for college and career – putting them above the pack when looking for a job down the road. We are extremely proud of our students and how well they’ve done.”

Students enrolled in the Advanced Applications courses through the Business Department are given the opportunity to take the Microsoft Certification tests at a discounted rate because OTHS Business Instructors are approved proctors and the high school is an approved testing center.