Microsoft Office Certification Pilot Program Extended for Additional Year

Microsoft Office Specialist LogoIf 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

Get Microsoft Certified This Summer!

Get Certified!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!

Graduates have until June 30 to become Microsoft Office Certified for FREE

SMU Graduates, did you know you could earn a Microsoft Office Certification for free to help you stand out in the job market?

SMU’s Office of Information Technology is providing access to the 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist Exams for free to graduating seniors until June 30, 2018. Graduates may certify in any of the Office applications on-campus through IT Training on a first-come-first-served basis as a limited number of exam vouchers and practice materials are available. Continue reading Graduates have until June 30 to become Microsoft Office Certified for FREE

MOS Certifications Provide Edge in Multiple Disciplines

Dedman EdgeWithin 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.

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Latest Microsoft Certified Master Excels in Job Market

Cox MBA Candidate Julia BrooksJulia 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

SMU Staff Engage in Microsoft Office Certification Pilot Program

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

Lynda Birthday Bash Returns January 24th

Lynda Weinman’s birthday cake

Students, join us on January 24th to celebrate Lynda (dot-com) Weinman’s birthday!

Next Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. come by the Collaborative Commons (adjacent to Starbucks) in Fondren Library to enjoy cake,  giveaways, and find out about all of the knowledge that Lynda.com has to offer. Continue reading Lynda Birthday Bash Returns January 24th

Fall 2017 Office Certification Pilot Progress Report

Get Certified with MOS CertificationSMU’s Microsoft Office Certification pilot program, which was announced late September, has proved to be quite successful in a short period. In approximately ten weeks, 88 participants achieved 93 Microsoft Office Specialist certifications. Although December exams are still in flight, over 160 certifications have been issued to date with Microsoft Excel comprising 75% of the exams completed through November. Continue reading Fall 2017 Office Certification Pilot Progress Report