Every year, Microsoft has a competition (the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship) amongst academic institutions who teach Microsoft Office Specialist certification to students around the world.
This year we expect that over half a million students entered this competition. Last year, over 344,000 entered. The categories are Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Around 100 students make it to the world finals from around 90 countries around the world.
We have just finished the Canada National Competition, where we pick the three students with the highest scores who will represent Canada at the World finals. Our national champions for Word and Excel are from post-secondary institutions in Alberta and Ontario. Our National champion for PowerPoint is from a High School in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
This is the first time a student from a high school has been named the Canada national champion.
Microsoft Office Specialist certification is the official Microsoft Learning and certification for Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint and OneNote. It is the world’s largest ICT certification, but relevant to everyone… given that over 95% of employers standardize in the Microsoft Office Suite of applications.
The Microsoft IT Academy program is Microsoft’s official subscription that schools can make to get access to the latest in teaching resources for teaching Microsoft Technology.
In the instance of this school and student – School District 42 made a decision just at the start of this school year to take a look at this one school joining the Microsoft IT Academy Program to offer the Microsoft Office Specialist certification, and within same year, they have had a high school student be named the Canada National Champion. This student took the PowerPoint exam and completed it with a perfect score (100%) inside the 50 minute allotted time… in fact – he took just 17 minutes to complete the exam!!
Schools like SRT are attacking the problem of the digital divide, it is an engaging program for high school kids, it boosts resumes, it creates leaders. It provides teachers with the ability to give real life skills and experience to kids. He is now a productive student, ready to compete on a global level. He wins an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland where Microsoft hold the finals this year in late July.
He is a very cool kid – very humble, brilliant smile, well-mannered and we are just thrilled. Every year CCI Learning sponsors this competition and we fly the winners to the world finals. CCI Learning is the Canadian Solution Provider for Certiport and the Microsoft Academy Service Partner for Canada.
2014 World Championship Promo Video
This is shown at the start of the school year to encourage Microsoft IT Academy Program members (schools, colleges and Universities)
2014 Announcement Video
Teaser for this year’s world finals.
2013 World Finals Awards Ceremony in Washington DC
(at 51:20 you will see Nepal take gold in the Excel category last year – he became a national hero).
2013 Worldwide News Round Up
This video features international news coverage from last year’s competition.
Global News coverage of Canada taking gold in 2010: Read Here…
Press Release – High School Student from Maple Ridge, BC named Canada National Champion in Microsoft PowerPoint
High School Student from Maple Ridge B.C. to Represent Canada in 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship
Langley, B.C. Canada – July 2, 2014
CCI Learning is pleased to announce the Canadian PowerPoint 2010 winner of the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist Nationals Championship. Anthony Wock will be representing Canada in the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships in Anaheim, California on July 27-30, 2014.
The 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is a global competition that tests students’ skills in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Top students are invited to represent their respective countries at the World Championship.
Last year, the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships attracted more than 344,000 unique candidates from 90 countries. This year, Microsoft is expecting more candidates from all over the world. Candidates will compete for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship and the title of “World Champion” in their respective categories.
Anthony, a student from Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School in Maple Ridge, B.C. ranked number one in all of Canada in the PowerPoint 2010 category. Anthony has won an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California to compete against world class competitors in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships for the top spot in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010.
Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School IT Teacher, Brad Dingler is very proud of Anthony’s hard work and dedication saying, “This is amazing. The opportunity for Anthony to represent Canada in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships is unbelievable. He is the shining example of what students are capable of accomplishing, if given the chance. “
CCI Learning, the Microsoft Academy Service Partner and exclusive Certiport Platinum Solutions Provider for K12 in Canada, is proud to sponsor students like Anthony who continue to exceed all expectations. Malcolm Knox, President and CEO of CCI Learning, comments, “We are seeing more young students from High Schools showing their potential. These skills are required by all students that want to compete in this digital age, but being the number one student in all of Canada for PowerPoint 2010 is highly impressive and an accomplishment that should not be overlooked. This is a remarkable success for Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School, School District 42, Maple Ridge, and British Columbia!”
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