Close the Skills Gap: As technology continues to evolve around the world with easier movement of employees and increased competition, there is technical skills gap that can be felt worldwide. Studies have shown that many IT decision-makers worldwide have observed a gap between their team’s current skill level and the knowledge required to achieve organizational objectives, which supports the value of certification in the workplace.

Stand out and be Seen: Microsoft certification gives students and workforce candidates the power to chart their own course, fulfill their ambition, and realize their potential. In fact, in a Microsoft Certified Professional survey, 91% of hiring managers said they consider employee certification as a criterion for hiring.

Similarly, Adobe asked current and aspiring digital media professionals about the essentials for launching a successful digital media career. When asked what would make a digital media professional’s resume stand out in lieu of experience, 61% said a demonstrable knowledge of digital design tools and 44% said digital media certifications from a top-tier company. The entire survey field agreed that certifications can help candidates prove their skills to prospective employers.
The Microsoft Office Specialist Program provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge through the new project-based testing, giving students and professionals real-world exercises to ensure their understanding of Microsoft Office.

This guarantees that every certified user has demonstrated the ability to command the full features and functionality of Microsoft Office, preparing them for future academic or workforce opportunities.


Jasperactive Online Learning Tool
Have you heard the phrase, “You don’t know what you don’t know”? Well, that couldn’t be more applicable when it comes to preparing for a Microsoft Office Specialist exam. On average, employees without any formal training on Microsoft Office will be aware of approximately 20% of the features and functions available in Office. Most use less than 10% of it’s functionality on a regular basis.

With Microsoft Office being one of the top 5 skills required for jobs today, the question isn’t “do I need these skills” but “who doesn’t need these skills?”.

That is where Jasperactive excels. Jasperactive is the world’s first kinesthetic learning platform that measures one’s understanding of Microsoft Office desktop applications and prescribes a personalized learning pathway to help people be more effective in applying to real-life workplace situations. The Jasperactive hands-on, applied learning approach ensures learners remain engaged in their education, enhance their employability skills, and improve their technical readiness for career growth. The course material is directly aligned to the learning objectives of the actual Microsoft Office Specialist exam making Jasperactive an invaluable learning tool for MOS exam readiness.

GMetrix Online Practice Exams
GMetrix Skills Management System (SMS) is a performance-based testing program that can be used for identifying areas of need for training in preparing for a certification exam.

GMetrix allows test candidates to practice taking Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams and is a great complement to using the Jasperactive Learning Tool. While Jasperactive is designed to prepare test candidates for almost any topic that will appear on the actual MOS exam, GMetrix helps boost a candidates test taking skills and confidence by providing practice tests that are timed and scored to the same standard used in the live MOS platform.

Practice tests are available for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Word Expert and Excel Expert. They can be purchased individually or as a package that includes all Office programs. Activation is valid for 1 full year. Call us directly for more information or to learn about our bundled discounts.

Changing the world is possible, but it requires the right preparation and skills. Being ACA certified means that you are on your way to doing great things, and one great thing you can do right away is to take your ACA certifications to the next level with an ACA Specialist certificate.

An ACA Specialist certificate is ideal for validating your Adobe cross-platform expertise, and it speaks volumes to prospective employers and the world. It is a valuable addition to your design portfolio. Getting an ACA Specialist certificate is straight-forward; simply earn three of the designated ACA certifications. Call us directly for more information or to learn about our bundled discounts.

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is an entry-level credential that validates fundamental technology skills and knowledge among students and job-seekers who are pursuing a career in technology. MTA addresses a wide range of critical technology concepts with exams that are designed to assess and validate core technical concepts in three primary areas: Developer, Database, and IT Professional.

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is specifically targeted at students who are interested in computer science, coding, and additional traditional IT careers. Designed to assist students in exploring academic and career options by validating a diverse range of fundamental technology skills, MTA includes a series of exams that are aligned with high-demand areas of focus. Call us directly for more information or to learn about our bundled discounts.

The Microsoft Certified Educator Program is a professional development program that bridges the gap between technology skills and innovative teaching. Educators holding a Microsoft Certified Educator certification can prove they have the skills needed to provide rich, customized learning experiences for their students that incorporate critical 21st century skills using Microsoft tools.

Benefits of implementing the Microsoft Certified Educator professional development and certification program at your institution or workplace include:
• Ensures faculty/staff have basic understanding of Microsoft Education tools
• Ensures faculty/staff can demonstrate how to successfully incorporate 21st century into lessons
• Ensures faculty/staff know which Microsoft Education tools can support which specific 21st century skills
• Provides access to free effective professional development
• Provides reliable validation of ICT investments

Call us directly for more information or to learn about our bundled discounts.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business is a certification from Certiport, sponsored by Intuit, that ensures tomorrow's leaders are prepared with the toolkit they need to get ahead in today's competitive landscape. Whether you are starting a bakery or launching the next billion dollar start-up, ESB validates an individual's understanding of core business principles, including the essentials needed to launch and maintain a successful business.

Candidates for ESB certification will be expected to have key conceptual knowledge of entrepreneurial and small business principles, although it is not required for students to have had real-world experience as a small business manager in order to take and pass the exam. Successful completion of this certification will validate skills and knowledge for those individuals interested in working in a middle-skill trade profession as their own boss and those with entrepreneurship and small business career aspirations.

Why Should Individuals Study and Seek Certification in ESB?
Whether it is a beauty salon in a large metropolitan city, a taco shop in a booming resort location, or a car repair garage in the suburbs, an incredible number of small businesses can be found almost everywhere. In fact, in a recent report from Business.com, "every minute a new business is started in the U.S. and according to some, more than 50% of all workers will be self-employed by 2020 ." (The State of Small Business in America , 2015, Business.com, emphasis added.)

ESB certification engages and prepares individuals who will pursue additional postsecondary training or those who elect to enter the small business sector immediately upon high school graduation. The entrepreneurial concepts validated by this certification ensure that these individuals are college and career ready. Call us directly for more information or to learn about our bundled discounts.

In today’s workplace, soft skills such as communication skills are pivotal for success. With communication skills consistently being one of the top skills employers are looking for, developing these skills can give candidates a big edge on the competition.

Communication Skills for Business (CSB) is one of the newest certification programs offered through Certiport. Candidates for the CSB certification will be expected to be able to effectively communicate in a business setting. While the key skill being measured is communication the nature of the exam will also help candidates with the other 3 of "the 4 C’s":
• Critical Thinking - which will happen as they think through how to communicate effectively
• Collaboration - which will stem from effectively communicating with others
• Creativity - which is required to present appealing communications

Impact of CSB
For students/candidates: Communication Skills for Business is a resume builder and helps students/candidates become more employable.
For educators: The Communication Skills for Business ready-made, self-scoring exam saves instructors’ time by using the certification exam as a class exam, mid-term or final exam.
For workforce education: Communication Skills for Business increases job placement rates and stabilizes/increases funding options.
For corporations: Communication Skills for Business provides job skill enhancement for employees and saves money by not having poor communications.

Why Should Job Candidates Seek a CSB Certification?
Poor communication is very expensive for companies. Studies have been done that estimate businesses with 100 employees lose an average of $420,000 per year due to poor communication between employees or clients. The cost goes up based on the number of employees.

The CSB Certification gives job candidates the proof that they understand good communication and have the skills needed to be effective and efficient in their jobs, while saving the company money by not communicating poorly. Call us directly for more information or to learn about our bundled discounts.

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