Last week, Grand Rapids Community College announced that 499 students who are taking CIS classes are eligible to take the Microsoft Office Certification for free.
The school is able to provide this opportunity because of state funding which allows the students to take the Microsoft Office Certification for free because it is a state of Michigan program. The test usually costs $100 and now that it is free more students are able to become certified without taking on the expense of the test, said
Andrew Rozema, head of the Computer Information Systems Department.
Only about 10 students have taken advantage of this opportunity, so Rozema is encouraging more students take this opportunity while they can.
Jason Hanson, a professional tutor of the GRCC’s computer lab took the Microsoft Office Specialist test this spring and passed. “I can say that anyone who takes the class will be more than prepared to take the Excel 2016 Certification exam, Hanson said.”
“In order to help students with their classwork, our supervisors, Sue DelRaso, has us read through the same textbooks and do the same assignments as the students,” Hanson said. “Since the goal of the Excel class is to help prepare the students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam.”
Some courses which are eligible for the Microsoft Certification are CIS 140, CIS 155, CIS 156, and CIS 170.
“The feedback that the Computer Information Systems Department received from our business advisory board and industry partners is that almost all of the jobs in clerical, administrative, technology, sales or management will involve using the Microsoft Office software at some point,” Rozema said.
GRCC is able to offer the Microsoft Office Specialist certification due to the school receiving a test license from the state Department of Education. The Microsoft Academy partnership allows the school to offer the certification and the Microsoft Official curriculum within the classes.
In 2015, GRCC became a Microsoft Imagine Academy. As a result, the college offers Network Administration and Computer Support Specialist degrees that use Microsoft materials and help reduce the cost of books and software and other materials need for the classes.