Each year, KidsTek offers certification opportunities to all high school students taking either our “Business Computing” or “Intro to Computing” classes. This past fall semester, KidsTek offered three certification opportunities. Students at Florence Crittenton and North High School had the opportunity to certify as a “Microsoft Office Specialist in Word” as well as by the BBB’s “LIFT Business Ethics” certification program. Students at Aurora’s Hinkley High School had the opportunity to earn the “IC3 Digital Literacy” certification.
Receiving a Microsoft Office Specialist certification is important because it can help students stand out in the job application process. Administered by Certiport, this certificate is highly recognized and proves a student’s proficiency in Microsoft Word. According to the Certiport website, “Microsoft certification gives students and workforce candidates the power to chart their own course, fulfill their ambition, and realize their potential.”
The BBB’s LIFT Business Ethics Certification Program is a natural fit in our Business Computing course. The focus on making ethical decisions, both in the real and online world, is an essential skill for our future leaders. To be certified in this program, each student has to prepare and present on a chosen ethical dilemma. Student demonstration of their ethical reasoning for making those choices showcases what they learned during this two-week program.
Hinkley High School students worked towards earning the IC3 certification (Internet Core Competency Certification), which is composed of three tests that all have to be passed to become certified. The IC3 Digital Literacy certification is offered during KidsTek’s Intro to Computing class and this certification is a global benchmark for basic computer literacy, including operating systems, hardware, software, and networks.
Congrats to all the KidsTek students who attempted and earned certifications this semester!