All 17 students in the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School ninth-grade computer applications class received TestOut Desktop Pro certifications for using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint this school year.
Students worked on TestOut Desktop Pro labs throughout the school year with VP-TECH business teacher Andrew Carpenter. They then took a two-hour exam with 14 labs in order to earn the TestOut Desktop Pro certifications. The certifications focus on measuring and validating hands-on skills and allow for comparisons against other students nationally.
The certifications could help students with college and job applications, and the skills they learned could help them in college and the workplace, Carpenter said.
The VP-TECH students who received certificates are pictured above, from left, front row: Dylan Gibson, of Mount Markham; Emily Almond, of Central Valley; Christopher Janis, of Frankfort-Schuyler; Jenna Lyman, of Central Valley; Leilani Tyson, of West Canada Valley; Brianna Holtz, of Central Valley; Jaeden Coffey, of Frankfort-Schuyler, and Rose Johnson, of Herkimer. Back row: Dominick Isaac, of Herkimer; Logan Deguarde, of Herkimer; Richard Brown, of Central Valley; Michael Conley, of Central Valley; Rebecka Brewer, of Central Valley; Charles DeCarr, of Central Valley, and Christopher Latendress, of Dolgeville. Absent from photo: students Salvatore Taylor, of Herkimer, and Aleksandra Melko, of Richfield Springs.