Whitehall High School Teams Up with Highlands College

Whitehall High School has teamed with Montana Tech's Highlands College in Butte to enable students at Whitehall to become Microsoft Office Specialists (MOS) in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The yearlong class is composed of juniors and seniors who prepared for the exams and travelled to Highlands to take the official certification tests. The Perkins Grant at Highlands covered the testing cost for students. Whitehall students Hannah Beiber, Kyeli Ostler, Karlie Wagner, and Stephanie Strong completed certifications in Microsoft Word 2016, Microsoft Excel 2016, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2016. Whitehall student Beau Wagner completed certification in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016.

Certiport is dedicated to helping people succeed through certification. Certiport’s globally recognized credentials are aimed at enhancing individual productivity, marketability, and value. Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, was established in 1997 and is now the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery, and program management services. Certiport exams are delivered through an expansive network of over 14,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide.

The Certiport 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 13-15th, 2018. Certiport recently named Whitehall student Stephanie Strong the Montana Champion in both Microsoft Office Excel 2016 and PowerPoint 2016. Stephanie Strong has been invited to compete for the national title in both the Excel and PowerPoint competitions in Atlanta.

“It has been a great opportunity for our students at Whitehall to become certified Microsoft Office Specialists in three of the Microsoft products. By earning the certificate, they will have a head start going into their computer classes in college and they are more employable. I would like to thank Brendan McDonough and Bernie Phelps at Highlands College for this great opportunity for our students.”

For more information regarding the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams or the Microsoft Imagine Academy, please contact Brendan R. McDonough at Highlands College at 406-496-3737 or bmcdonough@mtech.edu.