Thirteen MCC students earn Microsoft Certifications
Marshalltown Community College is an approved testing center offering Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams for Word, Word Expert, Excel, Excel Expert, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The certification is a valuable credential that recognizes the desktop computing skills needed to use the full features and functionality of the software and promotes academic preparedness and workforce readiness for students.
This year, 13 students from MCC earned Microsoft Certification. These students are now able to effectively use these powerful applications to complete tasks and projects more efficiently.
According to the Microsoft-approved Certiport testing agency, 87 percent of certified individuals feel that they are able to complete more work-related assignments in a shorter amount of time because they are Microsoft Office certified, and 60 percent say they take on more complex assignments since passing their exams.
Kristen Murphy and Brenda Woodward, instructors in MCC’s Computer Applications program, have both earned the Microsoft Office Specialist Master certification, having certified in each of the Microsoft Office applications at the Expert level. The certification promotes improved teaching skills through enhanced digital literacy and provides a strong foundation for instructors. As a third party, industry-recognized assessment for the college, certification provides relevant, state-of-the-art validation of course offerings and embeds digital literacy within all programs and curricula. The certification ensures that students are career-ready and motivates students to work harder to achieve the accomplishment of certification. Testing accelerates student progress in courses and programs and strengthens the substance and value of curricula, especially for business.
MCC students have earned the following Microsoft Certifications this year:
Excel Expert and Core Level Certification:
Michael Daugherty, online computer networking student employed as IT technician at Fisher Controls/Emerson
Excel Core and Access Certification:
Katelyn McMurray, online computer applications transfer student
Amber Gross, online computer science transfer student
Excel Core Certification:
Daniel Ahumada, online accounting student
Laurie Bolluyt, online paralegal student employed as Paralegal, Sioux County Attorney's Office
Jeremy Fisher, online computer networking student employed at John Deere
Benjamin Fuller, computer networking student
Dustin Kalinay, liberal arts student
Brittany Knutson, online liberal arts transfer student
Nic Landherr, computer networking student
Brook Moore, online Ag business student employed as Agent, Farm Credit Services
Christina Smith, online South Tama High School student
Sarah Jones, online computer applications graduate employed at Goodwill Industries
For students, the certification provides individual differentiation, builds self-confidence, and delivers real-world, recognized credentials. Certification supports students’ future academic success by offering them the opportunity to develop foundational computing expertise as part of their chosen course of study. It also knocks down the academic obstacles and barriers that typically disenchant new college students leading to increased dropout rates. Workplace recruiters know that the holder of a certificate is highly motivated and productive since certification exams test for the relevant skills students and employees use in day-to-day tasks, managing projects and preparing presentations, with the exam scenarios being more challenging than most workplace situations.
If you have any questions or would like more information regarding Microsoft Office Certification, computer classes, or registration, contact Brenda Woodward or Kristen Murphy, or any of the academic advisors at 641-752-7106. You can also go online at www.MarshalltownCommunityCollege.com.