State Board Recognizes First MOUS Certified Users

April 13, 2000

At its regular monthly meeting held today in Charleston, the West Virginia Board of Education recognized two students and one teacher who were the first in the Mountain State to receive certification for Microsoft Office proficiency.  

“Our goal is for at least 200 teachers to become certified users and ultimately for thousands of students to receive Microsoft Office Users Specialist (MOUS) certification,” said State Board President Cleo P. Mathews. “This certificate proves computer literacy, measures proficiency and productivity and identifies opportunities for skills enhancement. This certificate helps to ensure that students are learning the skills necessary to become productive members of the workforce.”  

Michael Lilly and Nikki Carlson, students at Carver Career and Technical School, and Deborah Hoblitzell, a business education teacher at the Kanawha County school, were recognized by members of the West Virginia Board of Education for being pioneers in computer proficiency certification. According to Mathews, more than 75 West Virginia educators have currently passed one or more of the MOUS exams.  

“MOUS programs were initiated in West Virginia schools through a cooperative effort of Technical and Adult Education and the Office of Technology,” Mathews explained. “Piloted at 10 sites since September 1999, the state’s MOUS program model will be expanded into all 55 counties during the 2000-2001 school year. This program helps to ensure that students learn the skills needed by today’s employers. Once more, West Virginia is on the cutting edge of technology education.”

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