Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the leading IT certification in the world. More than 1 million MOS exams are taken every year in over 140 countries. MOS certifications ensure that one has the the knowledge, skills, and abilities to productively use Microsoft Office. MOS enables one to tap the full features and functionality of the Microsoft Office system, resulting in heightened levels of individual performance, confidence, and differentiation.
Some of the advantages of MOS certification include the following: MOS certification helps build individual distinction and helps prepare students for an increasingly competitive workforce. For business, MOS maximizes office productivity and efficiency for the organization and increases job satisfaction and heightens career achievement among employees. In workforce development, MOS prepares and places job candidates, ensuring they possess the skills employers require. (From http://www.certiport.com/portal/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=664&roleid=101.)
MOS tests are difficult to pass, and students are required to pass 3 exams in the Microsoft Suite in order to be industry certified. Several Bath County students in Mrs. Kristal Robinson's and Mr. Sean Bailey's Digital Literacy classes set a goal to obtain their MOS certifications in 3 areas in order to become industry certified. Usually, the cost of a single MOS exam is around $100; however, the students at BCHS were able to take their exams for free. The Kentucky Department of Education offered school districts MOS vouchers at no cost with the implementation of the Microsoft IT Academy. Mrs. Robinson and Mr. Bailey feel that the program has been a success and are pleased with the results.
With much practice and studying, 19 freshmen and 2 juniors successfully passed 3 MOS certification exams and are now industry certified. An additional 6 students have successfully passed 2 MOS exams and 7 have passed 1 exam. The students may continue to work on their certifications until they graduate.