This isn’t scientific, but it provides a good glimpse into the relative demand for skills in your area. Try typing “Microsoft Office”, “Adobe”, or other skills in the keyword search in your area to see what the market needs.
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A DISCUSSION OF SECONDARYIT CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS Scott Horan and Dave Hansen
INTRODUCTIONS> Who are you?> What do you teach?> What do you want to get out of this session?
TOPICS OF DISCUSSIONWhy Certify? – Getting the most out ofcertification programsOur top certification recommendationsGetting started with certifications
WHY CERTIFY? - GEORGETOWN UNIV.> “…we need to revive high school career and technical education programs as alternative pathways to postsecondary education and training or to industry-based certificates and certifications that make students employable after high school.” (Emphasis added) - Postsecondary Education and Training As We Know It Is Not Enough.http://cew.georgetown.edu/uploadedfiles/412071_postsecondary_education.pdf
WHY CERTIFY - WA STATE (I-BEST)> “The study identified a “tipping point” of at least one year of college credit and a credential as the threshold for earnings gains, to meet employer demands for skilled workers and prepare students for moving even higher in their post-secondary attainment.” (Emphasis Added) - Washington SBCTC – Research Report No. 08-1http://www.sbctc.edu/college/education/resh_rpt_08_1_student_achieve_basic_skills_003.pdf
WHY CERTIFY - HARVARD UNIVERSITY of people with post-secondarylicenses or certificates—credentials short ofan associate’s degree—earn more than theaverage bachelor’s degree recipient.”Pathways to Prosperity (Feb. 2011)http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/features/2011/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011.pdf
WHY CERTIFY - CA STATE UNIVERSITY> “Students who earn credentials in occupational programs can have substantial earnings advantages over those earning traditional academic degrees” (Emphasis Added)- California State University - Sacramentohttp://www.csus.edu/ihelp/PDFs/R_Road_Less_Traveled_02_11.pdf
WHY CERTIFY? - STUDENT EMPLOYABILITYTop-tier staffing agency reports:> Twice as likely to be placed> 50% more likely to be hired FT> Average 10-15% higher pay> Time Magazine Reporthttp://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1952331,00.html
WHY CERTIFY? - STUDENT CAREER READINESS> 80% of entry-level information worker tasks "Proportionally, more kids have lost jobs in> 85% of supervisors report… the past few years than the entire More productive country lost in the Require less supervision Great Depression." - Andrew Sum in Time Magazine> 93% Become team resources Jan 18, 2010> 89% Are more satisfied at work Keeping/staying with their jobs
WHY CERTIFY? - RELEVANCE BAROMETERMonster.com(890 “MS Office” Jobs in Philly)Careerbuilder.com(619 “MS Office” Jobs in Philly)
WHY CERTIFY? – FUNDING$ Enhancing Education Through Technology$ Title 1$ Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program (CA)$ Specialized Secondary Program Grants (CA)$ California Partnership Academies (CA)$ PTA$ Community partners/businesses$ Tech Prep$ DonorsChoose.org$ Philanthropic Organizations$ Other state/federal grants Why Certify?
WHY CERTIFY? – REPORTING/FEEDBACK Keith Kelly of Northwestern Michigan College ADJUST PLANEVALUATE EXECUTE
AVAILABLE CERTS – IC3Digital Literacy Certified in 3 Areas Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, Living OnlineIC3 = Foundational Certification for Office Workers Design Workers IT ProfessionalsAppropriate Courses for Certification Introduction to Computers Basic Microsoft Office Courses Internet Use Courses
AVAILABLE CERTS - IC3This is what to expect - Multiple-choice, simulations and matching questions 45 minute length 45 test items with one or more tasks Score required to pass varies with exam (most IT exams range from 65-80%) Source: US Dept. of Education Skills measured are posted on Certiport’s website
AVAILABLE CERTS – MOSLargest Certification Program on the Planet“Ideal” Candidates for Certification ROP/CTE & College Students Academy Program Students Instructors and StaffMicrosoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access (SharePoint & One Note in 2010) - Microsoft Office 2010 - Microsoft Office 2007 - Microsoft Office 2003
AVAILABLE CERTS – MOSThis is what to expect - Performance-based exam 55 minute length 20-30 test items with one or more tasks Score required to pass varies with exam (65-80%) Skills measured are posted on Microsoft and Certiport’s websites
AVAILABLE CERTS - MOS Sample score report A perfect score is 1000 Skill groups show areas of proficiency and deficiency within the exam
AVAILABLE CERTS – COMPTIA STRATACompTIA Strata = Foundational IT Credential for Tier-1 Helpdesk Staff Students Pursuing MIS Pathways Technically Demanding Careers • Medical Office Support • Office Administration • Communication Technology ProfessionsAppropriate Courses for Certification Intro to Computer Repairs Intro to Information Technology Technology Preview Courses
AVAILABLE CERTS – COMPTIA STRATAThis is what to expect - Multiple-choice and other linear questions 60 minute length 70 test items Score required to pass = 70% Skills measured are posted on CompTIA website
AVAILABLE CERTS - MTA Master + Architect/Consulting Skills Deep Technical Skills Job Role Experience 1-2 Yrs. Technology Experience. Beginners Associate Level: • No experience • Fundamental concepts • Classroom taught • Available to academic institutions only • Positioning students for advanced training, MCTS and entry-level positions and internships
AVAILABLE CERTS - MTA Microsoft Technology Associate = Fundamental IT Credential for Software, Web and Windows Developers Server, Windows OS, & Database Admins Networking & Security Admins Appropriate Courses for Certification Intro to: Networking Security Database Administration Server or Operating System Configuration Software, Web, or Windows Development
AVAILABLE CERTS - MTAThis is what to expect - Multiple-choice and other select-response questions 45 minute length 35 test items Score required to pass varies with exam (most IT exams range from 65-80%) Source: US Dept. of Education Skills measured are posted on Microsoft and Certiport’s website
AVAILABLE CERTS – MTA (RESOURCES)Developed by MS Learning, MTA Exam Review Kits are collections of 21-hour reviewlessons covering the topics for each MTA exam. They are offered as a free digitaldownload to MTA customers Course syllabus • Learning objectives • Unit scope and sequence • Pacing chart Instructor materials • Lesson plans for each day of instruction • Presentation slides for each day of instruction • Annotated speaker notes for each slide Content delivery resources including • Occasional class demonstrations • Occasional interactive whole-class sessions • Guides for occasional discussions to foster dialogue about key topics Student learning materials including • In-class exercises (including the code for those exercises) • Practical out-of-class work • Labs as appropriate Student assessment materials • End-of-lesson/sub-unit questions and answers
AVAILABLE CERTS – MTA (RESOURCES)MTA Student Study Guides: Available in print ready or study ready formatDownload free of charge at: www.certiport.com/mrl
AVAILABLE CERTS – MTA (RESOURCES)Linkedin Group
RESOURCES FOR YOU - CURRICULUM> Publishers with certification-aligned curriculum: John Wiley & Sons (Wiley) Cengage CCI Learning Learnkey McGraw-Hill Microsoft Press Cisco Press Many Others
RESOURCES FOR YOU – ASSESSMENTS> MeasureUp Wide offering of IT and other certifications Microsoft Certified Practice Test Provider CompTIA CAQC Approved Robust Reporting> Certiprep MOS 07/10, Live-in-the-app practice tests> Others: Transcender, ExamForce, Gmetrix,> Beware Blacklisted Practice Tests
RESOURCES FOR YOU> Certiport Customer Success Team Helps you through the initial setup and training process> Certiport Regional Managers & Partners Help you with product, program, curriculum questions> Certiport Technical Support 24x7 technical support if you have any setup concerns> Social Media Peer Connections LinkedIn MTA Group LinkedIn MOS Group LinkedIn IC3 Group