2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

Announcing Certiport's 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship from September 1 2017 to April 30 2018!
In its 16th year, the competition attracted more than 560,000 candidates from 122 countries to demonstrate their superior skills in Microsoft Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint®. Today culminated the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office and the only one endorsed by Microsoft since its inception in 2002.
To enter the competition, students aged 13 to 22 took a qualifying Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. Regional competitions were held worldwide and 157 student finalists competed in the final round of competition in Anaheim, California, USA from July 31 – August 2, 2017.
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2018 Adobe Certified Associate World Championship

Announcing Certiport's 2018 Adobe Certified Associate World Championship from September 1 2017 to April 30 2018! In its 5th year, the competition attracted more than 110,000 candidates from 67 countries to prove their superior digital communications skills. Ana Katarina Charvet from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA won the top prize out of 47 finalists who came to the final round of competition at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, California, USA from July 31 – August 2, 2017. To enter the competition, students aged 13 to 22 took a qualifying Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification exam to demonstrate their mastery using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. To view the full press release, click here.

Public library joins hands with Microsoft to offer ICT courses

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By MAGDALENE WANJA

Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) has partnered with Microsoft to launch online ICT courses.

KNLS’ ICT officer James Wachira said the system is available in its 60 branches across the country, giving people from all communities a chance to acquire the much needed IT skills which are used in many computer software applications.

He said that the online system is flexible and allows students to sit for exams at their convenience within 12 months.

Students can access the services free of charge at the various libraries where they first learn the basics which include Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Mr Wachira said that the academy will offer students technological skills through certified technical courses, adding that learners can pursue IT-based careers after graduation.

Skills transfer

Mr George Kiptalam, an implementer of the project, said the academy will ensure that a bigger population acquires training which will ensure transfer of ICT skills and a qualified labour force.

Mr Kiptalam said the digital literacy curriculum provides learners with essential skills for those new to computing.

“The skills are also applicable in the government’s laptop projects that are being introduced in primary schools,” he said.

Certification is provided by Microsoft through Certiport Authorised Test Centres (CATC) or Pearson VUE outlets.

The training is done at three levels. They include Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE).

“Earning MOS certification proves the ability to use Office applications for on-the-job needs and provides valuable distinction to help students enter higher education or the workforce,” he said.

“MTA certification provides a foundation of knowledge about technology along with the capability and commitment to do entry-level IT jobs, “said the managing consultant.

“Becoming a Microsoft Technology Associate can give students a strong base to support further learning in computer science or IT infrastructure.”

MCE certification enables teachers to validate their global educator technology literacy competencies needed to provide a rich, custom learning experience for their students, and is based on the UNESCO ICT-Competency Framework for Trainers.

It enables teachers to integrate Information and Communications Technology (ICT) into their practice.

mwanja@ke.nationmedia.com

 

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