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 Word are from British Columbia and Alberta. Our National champion for Excel is Florence Ngan, a double-degree honours student with the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.
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 and are relevant to everyone given that over 95% of employers standardize in the Microsoft Office Suite of applications.
Schools like the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and PRISMRESOURCES labs are attacking the problem of the digital divide by providing students the opportunity to train, test, and obtain industry recognized certifications. Certifications boosts resumes, it creates leaders, and provides teachers with the ability to give real life skills and experience. Florence is a highly productive student, has industry recognized certifications, and is ready to compete on a global level. As the National Champion for Excel 2010, Florence 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 – Ontario Student named Canada National Champion in Microsoft Excel
Ontario 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 Excel 2010 winner of the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist Nationals Championship. Florence Ngan 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.
Florence, a double-degree honours student taking Actuarial Science and Statistics at University of Waterloo and in Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University, ranked number one in all of Canada in the Excel 2010 category. Florence was able to train and test for Excel 2010 at the PRISMRESOURCES labs at Wilfrid Laurier University. Florence 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 Excel 2010.
Not only is this an amazing opportunity for Florence to represent Canada in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships, but she has already proven highly competent in a skillset vital for career success.
CCI Learning, the Microsoft Academy Service Partner and exclusive Certiport Platinum Solutions Provider for Canada, is proud to sponsor students like Florence who continue to exceed all expectations. Malcolm Knox, President and CEO of CCI Learning, comments, “Florence is clearly a gifted student, who devotes a considerable amount of time to the development of her career. She has recognised the value of Microsoft Excel certification in her future career in risk management, and along the way has scored so highly, she has been recognized as Canada’s best in using Microsoft Excel.”
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