DHS offers Microsoft Office certification

Dr. Philip Cleveland, State Director of Career & Technical Education, Dr. Al Griffin, Demopolis City Schools Superintendent, Kelly Gandy, Business Education Teacher and Courtney Taylor, Business Education Teacher.

Dr. Philip Cleveland, State Director of Career & Technical Education, Dr. Al Griffin, Demopolis City Schools Superintendent,
Kelly Gandy, Business Education Teacher and
Courtney Taylor, Business Education Teacher.

Demopolis High School students now have the opportunity to become Microsoft Office Specialists. In partnership with Certiport, distributor of the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification, the Alabama State Department of Education is providing students the opportunity to validate their skills and knowledge by taking various exams in Microsoft Office.

Last year in Kelly. Gandy’s and Courtney Taylor’s Business Technology Applications classes at DHS, 100 students earned their certifications in various Microsoft Office programs, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. In order to qualify for the credentialing, students must achieve a specific score determined by Certiport.

Students who pass these exams receive an official Microsoft Office Specialist certification, which is one of the most globally renowned certification programs available today. It helps prove that students are academically and professionally prepared for success.

Because of the great success with last year’s program, Demopolis High School was recognized at the Alabama Association for Career and Technical Education summer conference on Aug. 5 for successfully implementing the resources provided by the state.

When credentialing, students with high scores have the opportunity to participate in a competition with people from all over the world to win scholarships. Also, many colleges and universities are awarding academic credit to students who are certified in Microsoft Office. Gandy and Taylor are both excited to continue providing this opportunity to students again this school year and hope to exceed the number of credentials earned last year.