Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Pilot Program Update

At the end of September, the Office of Information Technology announced the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Pilot program. “This pilot initiative illustrates one of the many services that IT offers for both students and faculty which makes available leading-edge Microsoft certificate credentialing as part of SMU’s already extraordinary academic course content, ” stated Jason Warner, Director of Academic Technology.

Prior to the announcement, the IT Training Team hosted numerous events in collaboration with multiple student groups as well as the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center and the Hegi Family Career Center.  “Our goal is to spark interest among students to take what they are learning in the classroom and give them the opportunity validate their Microsoft Office skills with an industry standard certification,” says Rachel Mulry, director of OIT Customer Service.

Chart reflecting 126 MOS Pilot registrantsIn our first week alone, we received requests from over 100 faculty, staff, and students who are interested in participating in the MOS Certification Pilot. We’ve already had a few staff members receive their certifications and undergraduate Jacob Becker became the first SMU student to earn a certification in Microsoft Excel through the pilot program last week.

For additional questions, or to schedule an information session for your department or student group please contact Laurene Klassen at 214-768-1316 or lklassen@smu.edu. 

 

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Laurene Klassen

Laurene Klassen grew up in New England but came to Texas as fast as she could. SMU was one of the first spots she visited in Dallas. Laurene is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Manager of SMU’s IT Training & Communications Team. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and outdoor activities with her family.