Two Canfield students first to receive Microsoft certification in county

By Billy Ludt


Two Canfield High School seniors are the first students in Mahoning County to receive credentials through an in-school Microsoft Office certification program. Kendall Conrad and Cullen Brady earned certifications for the word-processing program Microsoft Word in late October.

“It wasn’t too horribly difficult,” Conrad said about earning the credential.

He and Brady’s classmates are working through certifications in Sherry Creighton’s Microsoft Office Credentialing course.

“It shows schools that you’re going the extra mile,” Creighton said. Having certifications for programs in Microsoft Office, she said, is helpful when applying for college and careers.

Conrad said he plans to apply for an electrical apprenticeship, and Brady plans to go to college post-graduation.

In addition to Word, the class covers certifications for Microsoft PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel.

“It’s a tremendous thing to have on a resume,” said Principal Michael Moldovan.

Passing the class and earning the certifications contributes to credits required for graduation and is an industry-recognized credential. In addition, the district earns points toward its annual state report card if students pass in all four areas of Microsoft Office.

For the class, students view instructional videos on the programs and take practice tests after the video. Once they’re ready, students move on to take the certification test.

Brady and Conrad completed their certifications in about seven weeks.

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