Distance Learning Solutions and Microsoft Certifications


Legislatively funded, Microsoft Imagine Academy resources are available to all Washington middle, junior and senior high school students and staff. These resources include curriculum, industry-recognized exams, software and support. Available certification programs are:

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)  certification is recognized globally as the premier credential that validates the desktop computing skills needed to use the full features and functionality of Microsoft Office products.

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is an entry-level credential that validates fundamental technology skills and knowledge among those pursuing a career in technology.  MTA addresses a wide range of critical technology concepts with exams that are designed to assess and validate core technical concepts in three primary areas: Developer, Database, and IT Professional.

Microsoft Technical Certifications (MTC) are the starting point for all students interested in understanding cloud offerings from Microsoft including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Dynamics.

Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification validates that educators have the global educator technology literacy competencies needed to provide a rich, custom learning experience for students.

Distance Learning Tools

Available programs and curricular offerings have been adjusted to meet new distance learning pedagogies.

The Value of Certification – Help Students Earn Industry Recognized Certifications – Skills in Demand

Earning a globally recognized certification (or multiple certifications) aids students with their current studies and their transition after graduation to the workplace.

Official industry-recognized certifications are career qualifications – students will be adding skills to their resume that are instantly transferrable to a work environment.  In particular: over 95% of organizations and home users standardize in the Microsoft Office suite of applications.  Therefore, Microsoft Office Specialist is a relevant program for all students in Washington State.

The Value of Microsoft Certification

By earning a certification, students will:

  • Demonstrate their skills on the latest technologies
  • Have a firm measure of and increased confidence in their skills
  • Achieve a greater degree of success in pursuit of their career
  • Gain recognition among peers and employers, and a distinct edge in the competitive job market
  • Chart a career development path – Certification got me hired at 15 a WA student success story

Benefits of certifying students:

  • 17% higher GPAs
  • 93% decrease in drop-out rate
  • 7% decrease in absentees
  • 23% increase in earning secondary degrees

Source: Florida Case Study Aug 2017

Actualization, Support, Training and Success

We serve our customers with virtual training webinars, personal outreach, and experiences that ensure understanding of the products and services. Our team are experts that work hard to make sure educators, administrators, teachers, and program managers are relaxed, motivated, comfortable, and excited to understand and implement the learning in a variety of environments. With the pivot to a distance learning environment, we offer the following to help educators navigate this new landscape, including:

Contact Information – CCI Learning Educator Support Team

 

Position Name Email & Connect on Teams Telephone
WA Lead Kathy Schmit kschmit@ccilearning.com 877-764-8165
WA Team Expert Keith German kgerman@ccilearning.com 866-842-6456
Director of IT Daniel Sweeney dsweeney@ccilearning.com 877-764-0882

Team Email: waschools@ccilearning.com

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