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Gilbertson to Compete in MOS Nat'l Championship

Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Wisconsin develops students who are prepared for post-secondary education and career success.  Marshfield High School strives to prepare every student to be college and career ready and CTE provides the opportunities for creating a skilled, knowledgeable, and productive future workforce.  In addition to rigorous coursework, relevant career-based learning programs, and student organizations that allow students to apply their learning, Marshfield High School offers industry recognized certifications that address workforce shortages in career areas such as childcare, nursing assistant, transportation, information technology, agriculture, manufacturing, and more. 

 One industry recognized certification Marshfield High School students are eligible for is Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), offered through Certiport, a provider of certification examinations.  According to Certiport’s website, “Microsoft Office Specialist certification provides job candidates with valuable desktop computing skills necessary to be most effective on the job. More than a simple credential, Microsoft Office Specialist certification notifies prospective employers that a certified applicant is prepared to make immediate contributions in the workplace.”

 In recent years, Marshfield High School became a testing center for MOS certification.  Students are eligible for this testing after they successfully complete the Computer Applications course.  This course is rigorous and relevant for students entering the workforce, technical college, university, or military.  During the 2018-2019 academic year, Marshfield High School students were awarded 411 MOS certifications, earned by 198 students.

There are many benefits to students earning industry recognized certification while in high school.  In addition to students gaining self-confidence, building their resume, and career preparation, students and parents could save thousands of dollars in practice and certification examinations.  And, students are avoiding paying for classes after high school because the certifications are offered at no cost through their participating local high school.

 This school year, Marshfield High School had 5 students qualify for the National Championship, including Jacob Gilbertson.  Gilbertson recently shared his thoughts about his accomplishments:

The MOS certification was a great opportunity offered by my high school to demonstrate my skills in 2016 Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  By earning the certifications, at no cost to me, I saved time and money as these credentials will help me in college and in the world-of-work.  I strongly recommend MOS certification to other students.  Not only has it given me the opportunity to learn about Microsoft Office products and demonstrate my skills locally, in June I will be competing against other students from across the country in the National Championship for Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint 2016.  The winners of that event continue on to the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship presented by Certiport, Inc.

To learn more about industry recognized certifications offered at Marshfield High School, contact Jennifer Fredrick, MHS Career and Technical Education Coordinator, at fredrickj@marshfieldschools.org.