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|MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION ONE STEP CLOSER FOR SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS,
FACULTY AND STAFF
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University’s College of Business and Technology is now making it more efficient
for students, faculty and staff to become technical leaders with Microsoft
Certified Professional (MCP) certification.
The college has recently opened
its own Microsoft Office Suite (MOS) Center in Garrett Hall where those
interested in certification can practice and study extensively for free
for tests covering Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook. Seen as
a symbol of the skills and knowledge gained through experience, certification
shows the ability to successfully implement Microsoft business solutions
for organizations or clients.
“Students who gain certification
are demonstrating competence in the most frequently used computer programs,
and this can only help them when they enter the job market,” said Michael
Budden, dean of the College of Business and Technology. “In addition, it
is an excellent professional development opportunity for faculty and staff.”
“When dealing with Microsoft
Office programs, most of us only know what we use everyday and that is
not the entire sphere of these programs,” said Bobbye Davis, assistant
dean of the College of Business and Technology. “The college has opened
the MOS lab in order for our students, faculty and staff to gain a more
extensive knowledge of the Microsoft programs and validate their computer
competence in order to further their experience, resumes and careers.”
Marilyn Guitreau, assistant administrative
secretary of Provost John Crain’s office, completed the practice training
and tests offered on campus and finds both made the testing and her current
experiences easier. She is now a Microsoft Certified Professional in Word.
“I find my working in any version
of Word, older or new, to now be more efficient as I was refreshed in many
universal Word topics while learning the new ones,” said Guitreau.
Guitreau, along with Davis, attributes
her certification success to the practice tests offered at the MOS lab
and the immediate feedback and help given with each question answered incorrectly.
“The practice tests give you
the opportunity to see what was answered wrong and why by explaining the
answer based on steps,” said Guitreau. “The free practice tests, in my
opinion, were more difficult than the actual certification test making
me extremely prepared.”
Two other Southeastern staff
members have made use of the free practice labs and have successfully earned
certification at the center. Belita Schilling of Sims Memorial Library
and Cora Von Aspern of the assistant vice president for academic affairs
office have also earned MOS certification in Word.
The center is open for practice
in Room 40 of Garrett Hall from 4:45-6:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Software
is also available in the student computer lab in Room 99 Monday-Thursday,
7:45 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fridays from 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students, faculty
and staff are encouraged to make use of the software extensively in preparation
for the exams.
The College of Business and Technology
also offers the certification testing upon appointment. Participants will
have immediate access to their scores and upon passing will receive an
official certificate for framing from Microsoft via mail. In addition,
those earning certification will also have access to a security-enhanced
Microsoft Certified Professional Web site for technical and product information
directly from Microsoft and exclusive discounts on products and services
from selected companies. Invitations to Microsoft conferences, technical
training sessions and special events are also extended to MCPs.
For more information on the MOS
Center and MCP certification, contact Davis at email@example.com