NHS’ Microsoft class successful for students

NORTHVILLE – Northville High School teacher Kimberly Schuyler has announced that six of her 10 Microsoft Office students obtained their Microsoft Office Specialist for Office Word 2010 Certification this year.

The certification requires a passing grade on an online test that takes 50 minutes to complete.

According to a news release, when she applied to teach the program, Schuyler was told the test typically has a 33 percent passing rate. Schuyler’s junior and senior students turned in a 60 percent passing rate.

The students were Chase Heavner, Ashley Olmstead, Rebecca Reilly, Brianne Pepper, Jesse Warner and Zach Whitman.

A news release said Northville is the only school in the area offering an MOS certification program to students.

Schuyler said she chose to offer the MOS Certification in part because of a survey she read in which “71 percent of supervisors indicated MOS Certification is advantageous to employees considered in hiring, promotion and advancement decisions.”

An additional study cited on Microsoft.com states “holding a MOS Certification can earn an entry-level business employee as much as $16,000 more in annual salary than uncertified peers,” the release said.

Schuyler said she is not only proud of her students, but also excited for them, as “they can use their certification to obtain employment locally, statewide and internationally.”

The teacher said in the news release she hopes this initial success will propel her plans to expand the class and the program, with the eventual goal of “opening this opportunity up to community members and becoming the area’s Certiport testing center.”

Northville will offer the Microsoft Office class and certification program again in the 2015-16 school year, with an expected roster of 12 juniors and seniors.

Schuyler said she is hopeful more students will obtain their certification next year, and that the program and the opportunities it presents for Northville’s students will continue to grow.