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Title: Industry Certification


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Industry Certifications Role in Education
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Justin Barker Territory Manager 888-999-9830
x110 jbarker_at_certiport.com
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Who and what is certiport?
www.certiport.com
Certiport
The world leader in performance-based
certification exams and practice tests for
academic institutions and corporate markets
Over 2 million exams are administered annually
though a global network of 10,000 Certiport
Authorized Testing Centers
Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of
leading practice test and certification programs
Certiport works with more than 400 subject matter
experts in 20 countries to ensure exam objectives
are consistent with market needs
Certiport is based in American Fork, Utah where
it has more than 180 employees
Certiport delivers exams in 142 countries and 24
languages
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What Is Being Said About Industry Certification?
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From Georgetown University
  • In addition to these program interventions
  • for adults and postsecondary students who are
  • working, 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/upload
    edfiles/412071_postsecondary_education.pdf

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From Harvard University
  • 27 of people with post-secondary
  • licenses or certificatescredentials short of
  • an associates degreeearn more than the
  • average bachelors degree recipient.
  • Pathways to Prosperity (Feb. 2011)
  • http//www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/features/20
    11/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011.pdf

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From California 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 - Sacramento
  • http//www.csus.edu/ihelp/PDFs/R_Road_Less_Travele
    d_02_11.pdf

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Industry Certification Whats The Value To
Students?
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Student Value College Credit
  • Students can receive college credit through

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Student Value Career Readiness
  • Able to perform 80 of entry-level information
    tasks
  • 85 of supervisors report
  • More productive
  • Require less supervision
  • 93 Become team resources
  • 89 Are more satisfied at work
  • Keeping/staying with their jobs

"Proportionally, more kids have lost jobs in the
past few years than the entire country lost in
the Great Depression." - Andrew Sum in Time
Magazine Jan 18, 2010
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Student Value - Employability
  • Top-tier staffing agency reports
  • Twice as likely to be placed
  • 50 more likely to be hired on full time
  • Average 10-15 higher pay
  • Time Magazine Report
  • http//www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1
    952331,00.html

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Industry Certification Whats The Value To A
School
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NYC CTE Statistics
  • Lower Drop-out Rates
  • NYC CTE 4x Lower
  • Increased Post-Secondary Enrollment
  • NYC CTE 92
  • Perceived Program Value
  • NYC CTE 600 openings received 10,000 applicants

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Compelling Metrics in Florida
Performance Indicator Non-CAPE CAPE, No Certification CAPE Certification
Average Grade (4.0 GPA scale) 2.53 2.60 3.00
12th Graders Earning Diploma (Graduating) 66.5 76.7 94.0
At Least One College-Level Course 17.7 19.0 30.5
Graduates Enrolling In Postsecondary In Fall 67.2 57.9 70.2
Graduates Employed In Fall 48.4 45.5 58.0
Chronically Absent 15.5 12.3 11.6
At Least On Disciplinary Action 21.6 21.2 10.0
Dropout Rate 2.4 1.4 0.1
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CTE Program Value
  • Quantifiable Student Learning Outcomes
  • Aligns with Perkins Other Funding Requirements
  • Simplifies End of Year reporting
  • Standardization
  • Professional Development for Staff Faculty
  • Fulfill CTE Credential Requirement for Industry
    Exp.
  • Articulation Agreements Throughout the U.S.

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The MOS Program
  • Largest Certification Program on the Planet
  • Ideal Candidates for Certification
  • ROP/CTE Students
  • Academy Program Students
  • Instructors and Staff
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access
    (SharePoint One Note in 2010)
  • - Microsoft Office 2010
  • - Microsoft Office 2007
  • - Microsoft Office 2003

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MOS Exam Characteristics
  • This is what to expect -
  • Performance-based exam
  • 50-55 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 Microsofts website

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Why MOS Certification?
  • International Industry Standard
  • Possible College Credit
  • Student Engagement/Academics
  • 1000s of jobs in Arkansas require MS Office
    Skills

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IC3 Program
  • Digital Literacy Certified in 3 Areas
  • Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, Living
    Online
  • IC3 Foundational Certification for
  • Office Workers
  • Design Workers
  • IT Professionals
  • Appropriate Courses for Certification
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Basic Microsoft Office Courses
  • Internet Use Courses

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IC3 Exam Characteristics
  • This is what to expect -
  • Mix of 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, October
    2000
  • Skills measured are posted on Certiport website

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IC3 Basic Digital Literacy
Basic understanding of computer hardware,
software, and using the operating system for
everyday tasks
Specific, common, skills of word processing,
spreadsheet and presentation programs
Basic understanding of how computers connect to a
network and the Internet, specific skills for
operating an email application, web browser
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The ACA Programs
  • Digital Literacy Skills Certified
  • Use of Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash
    Premier
  • Exams available in CS3, CS4 or CS5 versions
  • Appropriate Courses for Certification
  • Digital Photography Courses
  • Photoshop/Design Courses
  • Web Design Courses
  • Premiere exams is available in CS5 only

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Adobe Exam Characteristics
  • This is what to expect -
  • Mix of multiple-choice and simulations
  • 50 minute length
  • 39-41 test items
  • Score required to pass varies with exam
  • (Between 65 and 75)
  • Skills measured are posted on Adobe website

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Professional Development Push
  • States of Arkansas, California, Delaware,
    Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico,
    Ohio, New York, Texas, Virginia (to name just a
    few!)
  • Approved for High School CTE Teachers
  • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
  • Approved for Middle School CTE Teachers
  • Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)

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Implementing Certifications
  • Any school can be registered as a test center at
    no charge
  • Download test software for free
  • Purchase certification vouchers or licenses for
    use during the school year

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www.certiport.com/rise
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