Congratulations to Career Quest Learning Centers students Autumn Grubb, Caleb Grubb, and Hollie Husted! They earned top honors in the Michigan exams leading up to the Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship. The nationwide competition, which tests students’ abilities in the 2013 and 2016 editions of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint, invites students to enter their exam scores against competitors from across the country. Autumn was the top place finisher in the state!
Hard Work Pays Off
The challenging Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams proved to be no match for these three well-prepared Lansing Campus Career Quest students. And suggesting that a knack for Microsoft Word might run in the family, Autumn placed first in MOS Word 2013, while her brother, Caleb placed second. Hollie Husted earned the third-place title for her performance on the Excel 2013 exam.
The students’ instructor, Stephanie Nye, wasn’t at all surprised by their success.
“I always knew how intelligent they are, and what their drive for success has been throughout their time at Career Quest. But now everyone else gets to see how impressive they truly are,” Nye said. “They worked hard in and outside of class to practice for their certification, and it shows. There are truly no words to explain how proud I am of these three students.”
And the students all offered glowing praise to their instructor.
“Stephanie was incredible. She was very persistent when it came to me completing my GMetrix Training. And she was very helpful and knowledgeable about this subject,” Husted shared. “But the best part was how encouraging she was. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have gained the knowledge I needed to receive this award.”
How to Qualify
Students earn top honors and are invited to compete in the national championship if they earn the highest score in their state in their Microsoft specialty. There are two qualifying periods: one ending December 14, 2018, and one ending May 17, 2019. At the end of the qualifying period, students with the top scores in their category are invited on to the nationals.
Students who take a Microsoft Office Specialist exam are automatically entered to compete in the MOS U.S. National Championship. To be eligible for the National Championship, participants must be enrolled in an approved educational institution and must be between 13 and 22 years old.
At Career Quest Learning Centers, we support all of our students who take MOS certification exams and are happy when they pass. And we’re thrilled to have three of our own perform so well! Congratulations Autumn, Caleb, and Hollie—we are so proud of you!!
If you want to begin a career in business, becoming proficient in Microsoft Office software can start you on the track to success. Even when your certification expires, you will have the necessary skills to succeed in the workplace, and you will be prepared for any new certification exams. The dedicated instructors at Career Quest Learning Centers will provide you with the tools you need to become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist. Want to find out what certifications we can help you prepare for? Give us a call at any one of our four campuses: Lansing (877-481-4930), Jackson campus (877-365-8144), Mt. Pleasant (989-817-4431), and Bay City (989-322-3900.)