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23 MCC students earn Microsoft Certifications

Twenty-three Marshalltown Community College students have earned a Microsoft Certification so far this fall. Microsoft 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.

The certifications are free (through state-funded grant) to students who take classes in Computer Applications. Supportive training is also available this year through federal Perkins funding.

MCC is a Microsoft-approved testing center and a state-approved IT Academy, and offers certification exams for Word, Word Expert, Excel, Excel Expert, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Computer Applications instructor, Brenda Woodward, is a Microsoft Authorized Instructor and a Microsoft Office Specialist Master, having certified in each of the Microsoft Office applications at the Expert level. Woodward is also Quality Matters certified.

These MCC students have earned the following Microsoft Certifications so far this year:

  • Adam Alouani
  • Samantha Betz
  • Xavier Barajas
  • Kendra Blue
  • Florian Caraballo Gamero
  • Joshua Hamar
  • Kyle Jochims (Word & Excel)
  • Matthew Jorpeland
  • David Landherr
  • Tammy Losing
  • Christina McKibben
  • Michael Massa
  • Sonny Mason
  • Tyler Miller
  • Lisa Morrow
  • Skyelar Purchase
  • Rafael Leite Pereira
  • Maria Ramirez
  • Emily Renaud
  • Tracy Steele
  • Hannah Stone
  • Bryan Toney
  • Maria Yepez

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 any of the academic advisors at 641-752-7106. You can also go online at www.MarshalltownCommunityCollege.com.

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