Students Help Support Local Community with Microsoft Office Skills Workshop


Kalama FBLA and Microsoft Office Master certified students Morgan VanRiper, Eli Spreadborough, Jack Spiess, Chayse Jorgenson, and Ashley Masters with trainees.

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Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club members and Microsoft Office Specialist Master certified students from Kalama Highs School held a 4-day Microsoft Office certification training workshop for the Emergency Support Shelter in Longview, WA. The Emergency Support Shelter is a local women’s shelter that provides free services to the victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

To support the certification training workshop sessions, students partnered with Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife to repurpose used laptops. These resourceful students also obtained donated Windows Operating Systems from a local business and old Office licenses from business who had migrated to Office 365.

Each student trainer partnered with an adult trainee who used the donated laptops to train for the Microsoft Office Specialist Word exam. Three of these women passed the Microsoft certification exam and are now Microsoft Office Specialists in Word 2013. After the certification training workshop, the students presented their trainees with the laptops as gifts.

In addition to the training, Kalama FBLA students ran a Professional Clothing Drive in partnership with the local Fibre Credit Union to help those in need have access to professional attire for job interviews. The donation drive was an overwhelming success with donations ranging from business suits, coats, and accessories.

“This was an amazingly emotional project as these adults have started their lives over and really needed a break.”, says Kathy Schmit, Business and Technology teacher at Kalama High School. “The laptop and training will help them obtain employment to support their new life.”

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