Freshmen in the Business Technology Applications class at DHS had the opportunity to become certified in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Eleven students passed the test. | Alison James
Freshmen in the Business Technology Applications class at DHS had the opportunity to become certified in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Eleven students passed the test. | Alison James

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Microsoft certifies 11 Dadeville High School students

Published 12:08pm Thursday, May 23, 2013

Specialists in Microsoft Office PowerPoint can now be found at Dadeville High School.

As part of the Microsoft IT Academy, students in Cathy Newkirk’s Business Technology Applications class had the opportunity to learn more about PowerPoint 2010 and take a test to receive Microsoft Office Specialist Certification.

“It was a very good tool,” Newkirk said. “We had a lot of bugs in the system we had to tinker out, but it’s very good. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

A grant through the Alabama Department of Education allowed DHS to implement the necessary technology, and then students spent the semester learning and applying PowerPoint skills through IT Academy.

“It was a very good experience,” said Cora Blue. “I learned how to do more on PowerPoint. (For example), I didn’t know that you could change chart types. I just thought there was one kind of chart.”

Through PowerPoint presentation assignments, students were able to demonstrate and practice what they learned.

“I learned how to make charts, change charts, edit, outline, use SmartArt, make comments, add notes – simple stuff to make presentations better,” said Cole Patterson.

Eleven students – Asia Cross, Shane Horn, Cody Mayo, Clayton Sprague, Ben Coker, Jaqualla Cunningham, Ken Maddox, Jaquashia Greer and Sidney Dix, in addition to Blue and Patterson – passed the Microsoft test and were certified.

“This was a rigorous test,” Newkirk said.” This is what’s going to make them stand out.”

Newkirk and Principal Chris Hand said adding the course to the DHS curriculum will help improve workforce readiness.

“I think it’s a fantastic program,” Hand said. “It fills another outlet for students to show their skills.”