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 PowerPoint and Excel are from British Columbia and Ontario. Our National champion for Word is Mckayla Saint-Cyr, a student from SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Alberta.
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.
This marks the fifth year in a row that SAIT Polytechnic has sent a student to the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship. In 2010, one of their students even won the Gold!
Schools like SAIT Polytechnic are attacking the problem of the digital divide, it is an engaging program for students, it boosts resumes, it creates leaders. It provides teachers with the ability to give real life skills and experience to kids. Mckayla is now a productive student, ready to compete on a global level. She wins an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland where Microsoft hold the finals this year in late July.
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 – Alberta Student named Canada National Champion in Microsoft Word
Alberta Student to Represent Canada in 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship
Langley, B.C. Canada – July 3, 2014
CCI Learning is pleased to announce the Canadian Word 2010 winner of the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist Nationals Championship. Mckayla Saint-Cyr 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.
Mckayla, a student at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary ranked number one in all of Canada in the Word 2010 category. Mckayla 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 Word 2010. Her instructor, Ruby Brar will be coming to cheer her on. “This will be such a fantastic experience for Mckayla to showcase the skills she has gained while competing and meeting with students from all over the world,” says Brar.
CCI Learning, the Microsoft Academy Service Partner and exclusive Certiport Platinum Solutions Provider for Canada, is proud to sponsor students like Mckayla who continue to exceed all expectations. Malcolm Knox, President and CEO of CCI Learning, comments, “SAIT has a long track record of producing Canada’s top Microsoft Office Specialists. Every year we are thrilled to witness the high performance of AIM students at SAIT. Mckayla has demonstrated that she has the highest levels of productivity when working with documents in Microsoft Word. We are pleased to announce her as the Canada National Champion of Microsoft Word.
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