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Microsoft Office Specialist Washington State Championship Launched
Competition to Name Best in State in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Salt Lake City, UTAH — April 17, 2015 — Washington students will get a chance to show off their Microsoft Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® at a statewide championship, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced today.

In partnership with CCI Learning, OSPI is sponsoring the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Washington State Championship. The top winners from the competition will represent Washington at the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida June 18 – 20, 2015.

The 2015 MOS Washington State Championship will be open March 23 – May 20, 2015, and all exam scores earned during the 2014-15 school year will be factored into the rankings. Washington students age 13 to 22 are eligible to participate in one of six competition tracks by submitting a qualified, passing score on any of the following exams:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist Word (2013 or 2010),
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Excel (2013 or 2010), and
  • Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint (2013 or 2010).

Six MOS State Champions with qualified MOS exam entries, one per track, will be named and invited to represent their state and compete at the 2015 MOS U.S. National Championship.

“The growing popularity of MOS certification in Washington shows our dedication to college and workforce readiness, and the competition is a way to get kids even more excited,” said Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “We look forward to seeing students perfect their Microsoft skills and represent our state at the MOS U.S. National Championship. Being named best in the state at Microsoft Office is a resume booster and an experience the winners will never forget.”

In May 2015, invitations to the U.S. National Championship will be extended to top students from Washington who have entered a qualified exam entry. During the 2015 MOS U.S. National Championship event, student competitors will take a unique competition exam in their track, further testing their knowledge of the applications.

In conjunction with the event, Certiport – which develops certification exams – will host the inaugural 2015 CERTIFIED Educator Conference. CERTIFIED will be a place for teachers who offer certification in their classrooms to share best practices, learn what is new, and learn why certification is valuable.

One winner per track will be named the 2015 MOS U.S. National Champion, and each will win an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the 2015 MOS World Championship in Dallas, Texas, August 9-12, 2015.

CCI Learning, the Solution Provider in Washington State for Certiport – a Pearson VUE business – is the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets.

About CCI Learning
CCI Learning is an education technology company, specializing in Interactive Courseware, Certification, Software Licensing and Educator Services. CCI researches, develops, sources and distributes award winning information technology courseware. CCI works with customers to successfully implement global industry ICT certification programs that create positive change for students and workforce. CCI’s actualization division delivers understanding of courseware, certification, and licensing in a variety of environments. CCI’s specialists work hard to make sure educators, teachers, and program managers are motivated, comfortable and excited to understand and implement education technology. CCI is a Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller and Cloud Essentials Partner. CCI’s licensing division complements the overall business by licensing Microsoft Products to education customers.

About Certiport
Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 13,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program, and the IC3 Digital Literacy certification. Certiport reliably delivers over three million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in more than 148 countries and 27 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at www.twitter.com/certiport.

"Certiport" and "IC3" are registered trademarks of Certiport, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

 

About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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   Updated 4/17/2015

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