If you haven’t taken advantage of SMU’s Microsoft Office Pilot Program, it may be time to take a closer look! Last year, OIT announced a one-year pilot program to gauge interest in Certiport’s Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications. During the pilot, Microsoft Office Specialist exam certifications in Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word have been offered for free to current SMU students, faculty, and staff. This industry-standard certification validates technical skills and speaks volumes to prospective employers. SMU students have quickly recognized this value as many who took this as a requirement for a course are returning to the labs to complete additional certifications. Continue reading Microsoft Office Certification Pilot Program Extended for Additional Year
During the recent SMU Staff Association picnic many of our staff expressed an interest to participate in the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification [Pilot] program. Continually, we hear, “But, I need someone to do this with…” While much of the program is self-study we thought we’d provide a collaborative opportunity to help you boost your learning and get certified! Continue reading Get Microsoft Certified This Summer!
Within SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences, students not only receive a comprehensive liberal arts education; They also have an edge in career preparedness. Through the Dedman Edge, students can supplement their education by focusing on skills frequently demanded by employers. These skills include graphic design, marketing, social media, data science/analysis, and more. Dr. Nancy Campbell with the sociology department is using the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification program to integrate the Dedman Edge directly into her courses.
Julia Brooks was a consultant for six years before returning to school to earn her MBA at the Cox School of Business. She was already well-versed in Microsoft Office, and her hard work has paid off as she has accepted an offer of employment from JP Morgan Chase last fall! Continue reading Latest Microsoft Certified Master Excels in Job Market
Over two dozen Microsoft Office certifications have been issued to staff since the program’s launch in September. “I’m excited to see staff begin to engage in this learning opportunity,” explained Rachel Mulry, Director of OIT Customer Service. “While we have a history of offering training in Microsoft technologies we have never been able to meet the demand to train to all the various skill levels we have on campus. This opportunity allows our staff to learn these applications at a much deeper level, and earn certifications at either a core (intermediate) or expert level. Teams and managers alike benefit from this program as employees quickly use their new knowledge on the job.” Continue reading SMU Staff Engage in Microsoft Office Certification Pilot Program
Fall 2017 was the first semester that featured a course that included Microsoft Office Certification as a requirement. The class was a great success and served as a prime example of how essential Office skills are both in the classroom and the workplace. Continue reading MOS Certifications Make Difference in Classroom
As our Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Pilot Program moves along, we’re meeting all kind of interesting students, faculty, and staff members who are using Office in many different ways. One example is staff member Jie Sun, who works as an Academic Data Analyst in the Dean’s Office at Dedman College. Jie has just recently earned his Excel Expert certification and is working on obtaining certifications for all of the other Office programs! Continue reading Staff Utilizes Microsoft Office Certification to Sharpen Skills
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. Continue reading Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Pilot Program Update
Jacob Becker, a sophomore planning to major in Finance and Econometrics, was SMU’s first student to receive the Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Excel as part of OIT’s Microsoft Office Certification pilot program. Prior to his certification, he spoke with one of his Finance professors as to how he could better prepare himself for his field of study. “After searching the SMU website, we stumbled on the announcement about the Microsoft Office Specialist program,” said Becker. I thought, “Why wouldn’t I want to do this?” Continue reading Jacob Becker awarded Microsoft Excel Certification