The Craig School of Business is currently offering a Microsoft Office Suite Certification training through the Center for Workforce Development.

The training will be held in Hearnes Center, Room 306 with the first exam on March 4 at 12:45 p.m. This Microsoft Suite training includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and OneNote. 

Craig School of Business administrative assistant Margarita Loxley provides more information about the training including the pricing and how to sign up.

“Students can contact the Center for Workforce Development to sign up for each course. Each course is 50% off through the Center of Workforce Development,” Loxley said. "The training is available to all students; the test itself is free.”

The Microsoft Office Suite training is online and will follow different modules and activities. The Office training has no time limits, so students can work at their own pace to complete the course.

Craig School of Business Academic Advisor and Internship Coordinator Katie Campbell explained why she recommends for any student to take the courses.

“All students would benefit from this training as many organizations use Microsoft Office whether it's Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more,” Campbell said. “From an internship or career standpoint, it's a great resume booster. It is one more advantage a student may have compared to other candidates.”

Many employers today look for students and potential employees that are knowledgeable in Microsoft whether it be Excel, PowerPoint or any of the other relevant programs.

Executive Director for Centers of Business Annette Weeks discussed the training further and how it would benefit all those involved.

“A working knowledge of Excel is vital for most professionals today. By being efficient in the data management tool,” Weeks said. “It can show a potential employer you have experience presenting and showcasing analytical findings. The certifications are very good for resumes.”

For more information about the Office training and different courses being offered, students can look at the Missouri Western website under the testing center tab. There is a list of all available courses and more information about each.

There is also a link on the Missouri Western website for students who may need accommodations. Accommodations are available for documented disabilities. The link below has more information about the different courses and the test itself.

This is an opportunity for students to gain more knowledge in Microsoft and build their resumes for future job opportunities. 

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