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OAHS students earn Microsoft Office certification

Nine students in the Personal Computer Applications II course at Oxford Area High School recently obtained Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications.

Earning a certificate for Mircrosoft PowerPoint was sophomore Kaseir McGrath.

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Kaseir McGrath

Earning certificates for PowerPoint and Microsoft Word were freshman Luke Gilley, senior Gustavo Guzman Almanza and sophomore Chance Starkweather.

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Luke Gilley, left, and Chance Starkweather

Earning certificates for PowerPoint, Word and Microsoft Excel were juniors Trevor Dukes-Vincent, Christopher Goodrich and Noah Hill and freshmen Alexander Karahalis and Chase Slay.

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Trevor Dukes-Vincent, left, and Christopher Goodrich

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Noah Hill, left, and Alexander Karahalis

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Chase Slay

Students prepared for the MOS assessment by first completing coursework designed to meet Pennsylvania state standards benchmarks, and then practicing with software that simulates the testing arrangements. Finally, by performing Microsoft Office tasks in a live application environment, exam takers earn an authentic evaluation of desktop computing knowledge, skills and abilities.

With Microsoft Office certification, students can provide official documentation to verify their software skills. MOS certification is one of several programs at Oxford Area High School designed to ease students’ transition from high school to college and the workplace.

Through articulation agreements, post-secondary institutions including Delaware County Community College, Cecil Community College and Goldey Beacom College award college credits to Microsoft Office certified students. Students have received college credit for Word Processing, Spreadsheet Analysis, Presentation, and Database courses when they provide evidence of MOS certification, which research shows yields improved hiring opportunities, increased salaries, and promotion advantages in the workplace.