Friday, July 13, 2012

Cuthbertson High student tests tech skills

Rachel Velasco, a student at Cuthbertson High, is being recognized nationally for her skills in Microsoft Office.

Rachel was recently named one of six top finalists in the United States competition on Microsoft Office.

In the competition, presented by Certiport, Inc., students tested their skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint. From August 2011 to May 2012, more than 250,000 students in the U.S. competed to demonstrate their proficiency in the applications. 

Students with the highest exam scores and lowest exam-taking times were invited to represent their countries at upcoming World Championships.

At the World Championship, each student will compete for World Champion in his or her category (Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Excel 2007, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007).

Rachel will go on to compete at the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office July 29-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.

Learn more about the competition at


Kevin M said...

Microsoft Office does not represent "tech skills". Office products are the modern equivalent of what were once called secretarial skills.

Furthermore public schools should not be sponsoring a specific vendor lest we raise drones who only know how to use one company's products. There are other office "suite" packages our students will encounter in the workplace. Increasingly cloud-based applications such as Google Docs will soon be taking over.

I'm sure Microsoft is thrilled with this arrangement however. It promotes their product and leaves the impression that they are an irreplaceable standard. Look closer and you'll see that Microsoft is actually a very anti-American tech worker company. They are always first in line to lobby Congress to increase the annual H-1B visa workers limit so that they can continue to replace American technology workers with foreign ones.